7 April 2017
Nigeria moved a place up in the April 2017 rankings released by the World Football Governing body, Federation of International Football Association, FIFA on Thursday.
The Super Eagles garnered 685 points in April to move from 41st to 40th Position and are now two places up on the continent, moving from seventh to fifth in Africa.
Super Eagles held the Terranga Lions of Senegal to a 1 – 1 draw in March during the last international break and were scheduled to play the Stallions of Burkina Faso before the match was called off. It has been a steady rise for the three times African Champions since last year.
Nigeria’s opponent in the upcoming AFCON 2019 qualifiers, South Africa dropped two places to be ranked 64th. Libya moved from 90th to 91st while Nigeria’s last group opponent, Seychelles are one of the worst movers on the ranking table, dropping to 196th.
African Champions and Nigeria’s next opponent in the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, Cameroun lost a spot, now 33rd but maintained the third position on the continent.
The Desert Foxes of Algeria also went down from 50th to 54th, 11th in Africa while Zambia dropped seven places from 90th to 97th. Egypt, ranked 19th in the world remains the first in Africa.
On the global scene, Brazil returned to the top of the FIFA Ranking table after a ‘seven-year hiatus’. The selecao who are the first nation to qualify for Russia 2018 World Cup have missed out from the top spot since they were eliminated at the Quarter Finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa by Netherlands.
Argentina is ranked second while World Champions, Germany are third. European Champions, Portugal maintain their 8th position while Copa America winners, Chile remained in the fourth spot.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 4 May 2017.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.