Nigeria moves 2 places to 29th position on FIFA Rankings
As Portugal moves to top five
The Super Eagles of Nigeria moved two place to 29th position on the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday.
FIFA World Rankings had been halted for six months since March following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic but has resumed.
The latest ranking puts the Super Eagles in third place in Africa behind the Teranga Lions of Senegal — 20th position — and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia — 26th position.
African champions Algeria (35), Morocco (43), Ghana (46), Egypt (51), Cameroon (53), Mali (57) and DR Congo (57) complete Africa’s top 10.
The Eagles last game was in November 2019, when they defeated Lesotho 4-2 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.
On the world ranking table, while there has been no movement among the leading quartet – in descending order: Belgium, France, Brazil and England – Portugal (5th, up 2) have moved into the top five thanks to victories over Croatia (8th, down 2) and Sweden (18th, down 1).
Other countries moving in the right direction are Spain (7th, up 1), Italy (12th, up 1), the Netherlands (13th, up 1), and Germany (14th, up 1), with each gaining one place in the global classification. Wales (21st, up 2) climbed two rungs but remain just outside the top 20.
Russia, hosts of the last FIFA World Cup, are further back in 32nd but had the biggest gain in this edition this, ascending six places courtesy of wins over Serbia (31st, down 2) and Hungary (52nd, unchanged).
Despite not playing, IR Iran (30th, up 3) moved into the top 30 after Serbia and Turkey (32nd, down 3) dropped points.
The method used to calculate positioning in the World Ranking is explained HERE.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 22 October 2020.