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Nigeria Ends 2018 44th On FIFA Ranking, 4th In Africa

Belgium tops ranking

Nigeria ended the 2018 footballing year as 4th in Africa and while retaining its 44th position in the world.

Nigeria came behind Morocco which is 3rd in the Africa and 40th in the world.

Senegal, at 23rd in the world, tops the list in Africa, while Tunisia is Africa’s second best and 26th in the world.

Congo DR, at 49th in the world, is one of the countries that made the first 50 list in Africa.

In the world scope, Belgium preserved their single-point lead over France at the table’s summit and emerged as the Ranking’s ‘Team of the Year’.

They will begin 2019 at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Les Bleus’ stellar 2018 does not go unrecognised though, with the world champions established as the year’s ‘Best Mover’, having gained more points (165) since December 2017 than any other nation.

The French lead that particular table from Uruguay (7th, unchanged) and Kosovo (131st, unchanged), who have registered net gains of 151 and 133 points respectively.

The Kosovans, meanwhile, are the biggest climbers in terms of ranks gained, having moved up 46 places since this time last year, comfortably ahead of the respective 31 and 30-place rises registered by Kuwait (158th, unchanged) and El Salvador (70th, unchanged).

It has been a good year in general for Europe, which now accounts for 31 of the top 50 teams – two up from December 2017.

Asia has also boosted its top-50 numbers from two to three, with these rises coming at the expense of Africa, which saw its representation drop from eight to five.

The Ranking’s latest edition shows precious few changes, however, having been impacted by just eight ‘A’ matches in a quiet month for international football.

The top 100, in fact, is almost entirely unaltered bar for a single-place swapping of positions between Oman (82nd, up 1) and Zambia (83rd, down 1).

The month’s biggest movers are Guyana (177th, up 3) whose CONCACAF Nations League qualifier draw against Barbados (162nd, down 3) in September was recently reclassified as a forfeit win due to the Barbadians fielding two ineligible players.

But there are also modest rises for the likes of Zimbabwe (114th, up 1), Sierra Leone (115th, up 1), Kazakhstan (119th, up 1), Guinea-Bissau (120th, up 1), Indonesia (159th, up 1), Belize (160th, up 1) and Nepal (161st, up 1.)

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 7 February 2019.

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