20 October 2016
World football governing body, FIFA, on Thursday released the October FIFA ranking of football nations across the world and Nigeria moved up four spots to 60th.
Over the past two months, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have been on a steady rise on the FIFA ranking. Last month, Nigeria moved up three spots to 64th.
The recent rise is not unrelated to the Super Eagles last two victories over Tanzania in the 2017 AFCON qualifiers and Zambia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Nigeria occupy the 60th position alongside Morocco who dropped two spots. Ahead of Nigeria and Morocco are Cameroon, 59, and Mali 58. Cameroon like South Africa, 62, maintained their position while Mali dropped by three spots.
Africa’s highest ranked team is reigning AFCON Champions, Cote d’Ivoire who moved up three spots to 31st. Right behind them is Senegal who moved up seven spots to 32. Algeria, Nigeria’s next opponent, are third after maintaining its 35th position.
Argentina remains the highest ranking team in the world after maintaining the number one spot. Germany and Brazil moved up one spot to occupy the second and third position respectively.
Despite Portugal’s impressive performances during the last international break, Ronaldo and co dropped by one spot to 8th.