FIFA Rankings: Nigeria move up in the Latest FIFA Ranking
Despite their early exit from the recently finished Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Nigeria’s Super Eagles have risen three places in FIFA’s newest rankings, which were revealed on Thursday.
The Super Eagles, who are now ranked 33rd in the world and third in Africa, were previously ranked 36th and fifth on the continent.
Senegal, the newly crowned AFCON winners, not only preserved their place as the highest-ranked African country, but also improved their global standing from 20th to 18th.
This is the Teranga Lions’ highest ranking ever, and they are still celebrating their maiden AFCON victory, in which they defeated Egypt in penalty shootouts in the final.
The Moroccans are Africa’s second-best team, and they are ranked 24th in the world.
Northern African rivals Egypt defeated the Atlas Lions in the AFCON 2021 quarter-final.
Apart from Senegal, the highest-ranked African country in the rankings, Cameroon (38, + 12), who placed third in the African Cup, and runners-up Egypt (34, + 11) have made the most significant moves within the TOP 50, according to FIFA.
Gambia, on the other hand, made the biggest leap this month, climbing 25 places to 125th place thanks to their run to the African Cup quarter-finals.
Equatorial Guinea, who also reached the tournament’s last eight, climbed 15 places to enter the Top 100.
Malawi (119, + 10) and Gabon (82, + 7) also had significant increases. Mali (48, + 5) had relatively modest advances but still managed to break into the Top 50.
Algeria’s dismal AFCON campaign resulted in them being the country with the most points dropped by rank.
The Desert Foxes have slid 14 spots to 43rd.
Belgium, Brazil, France, Argentina, and England are the top five teams in the world. On March 31, 2022, the next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be released.