Breaking: After losing to Mali, Nigeria’s Super Eagles nosedive in latest FIFA ranking

Few days after Nigeria’s Super Eagles lost 0-2 to Mali in an international friendly match played in Morocco, they have lost their place on the FIFA ranking released on Thursday morning....CONTINUE READING

From 28th, the Super Eagles now occupy 30th position globally.

According to the ranking, their 3rd place in Africa remains.

Senegal and Morocco are still leading lights in the continent as first and second nations respectively.

The Nigeria versus Mali match was just one of the 174 games at the last international window.

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Nigeria played two matches, one of which Nigeria won one, a 2-1 defeat of their traditional rivals, the Black Stars of Ghana.

FIFA in a statement said the matches, played all over the world had a significant effect on the current World Ranking, most notably within the top ten.

Globally, Argentina (1st) continue to lead the way ahead of France (2nd), but Belgium (3rd, up 1) have returned to the podium at the expense of England (4th, down 1).

Brazil (5th) complete the top five, but Portugal (6th, up 1) are now knocking on the door. The Netherlands (7th, down 1) have slipped one place, whereas Spain (8th), Italy (9th) and Croatia (10th) have all held on to their positions.

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The USA (11th, up 2), Colombia (12th, up 2), Ukraine (22nd, up 2) and Poland (28th, up 2) have all made progress up the ranking, as have Czechia (36th, up 4), Palestine (93rd, up 4) and Kyrgyz Republic (100th, up 4), all of whom have taken the biggest strides among the top 100 teams.

It is outside of the top 100, however, that the biggest movers are to be found. Libya (114th, up 6) and Afghanistan (151st, up 7) have made impressive progress, but it is Indonesia (134th, up 8) who are the biggest climbers on the back of their two victories over Vietnam during FIFA World Cup 26 qualifiers.

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Also, the performances of Qatar (34th, up 3) and Comoros (117th, up 4) are also worthy of mention as both teams are now currently in their highest-ever position in the ranking