Nigeria slid down six places in the latest
FIFA World Ranking to 44th position but climbed a spot above Cameroon to fifth in the continental rankings.
Nigeria impressed in their last two World Cup qualifying matches against Cameroon in Uyo and Yaounde but that has amounted to nothing in the latest Fifa rankings released on Thursday morning.
Despite a win against Cameroon In Uyo and a point earned Yaounde from the African champions who were a spot above Nigeria, the latter’s progress was surprisingly minimal.
In the last ranking released on 10 August, Nigeria was ranked 38 in the world but look to have been hit after losing 1-0 to Benin Republic before winning 2-0 in Kano in an African Nations Championship qualifier.
The ratification of the CHAN tournament as a FIFA recognized competition ensured Nigeria’s results against Benin were also taken into consideration.
Egypt are still the best ranked team in Africa, followed by Tunisia, Senegal and Congo DR.
Our rivals to book a ticket to the 2018 World Cup, Algeria and Zambia, are placed 62nd and 78th respectively in the global ranking.
The Chipolopolo notably moved up 18 places but are still outside the top 10 (16th) in Africa.
Zambia whom Nigeria play next in Uyo on October 7 will be bouyed by this development after also beating Algeria in Ndola and Algiers in the last international break.
Germany and Brazil continue their tug of war at the top with the former now the best ranked nation having displaced Brazil. Portugal, Argentina and Belgium complete the top five.
The next World Ranking will be published on 16 October 2017.
Africa’s Top 20 Teams
4) Congo DR
7) Burkina Faso
9) Ivory Coast
13) Cape Verde
18) South Africa