Nigeria drop in FIFA rankings despite improved form

Super Eagles play draw with Cameroon, move closer to 2018 World Cup qualification

The Super Eagles of Nigeria dropped nine places in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola world rankings released on Thursday, despite the team’s improved form.

The latest rankings, which was published on FIFA’s official website, sees the eagles assume 50th position in the world and 8th in Africa.

But while Argentina stayed put on 4th position, as the top five teams remained unchanged and Algeria leaping three places, the eagles are now behind Senegal (23), Tunisia (27), Egypt (31), DR Congo (36), Morocco (40), Burkina Faso (44) and Cameroon (45) in the continent.

Burkina Faso didn’t qualify for the World Cup but moved up 11 places to become sixth in Africa, while Senegal rose to 23rd – their highest-ever position on the global ladder – on the back of securing a first world cup place since 2002.

The Teranga Lions are now the highest-ranked African nation.

Meanwhile, in the top 10 in the world, Germany are number one, Brazil are number two, Portugal are in third position, Argentina are fourth and Belgium fifth.

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