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Super Eagles drop 8 places in latest FIFA ranking

The Super Eagles remain ahead of perennial rivals Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa in the latest FIFA ranking despite dropping eight places in the ranking…

The Super Eagles remain ahead of perennial rivals Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa in the latest FIFA ranking despite dropping eight places in the ranking released by the world football governing body yesterday.

The three-time African champions were ranked 30th in the April ranking but dropped to 38th in the latest rankings. This is the second consecutive time Nigeria will drop, having dropped two places in the April ranking.

The drop in the ranking is no doubt as a result of the team’s disappointing performances in the last international window.

The Super Eagles played a 1-1 draw against South Africa in their World Cup qualifying match at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo before suffering an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Benin a few days later.

The two defeats left the Super Eagles’ hopes of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup in the United States of America (USA), Canada and Mexico in real jeopardy.

However, despite dropping eight places in the rankings, the Super Eagles who are presently without a manager remain fifth in Africa, behind Morocco (12th in the world), Senegal (18th in the world), Egypt (36th in the world)  and Cote d’Ivoire (37th in the world).

Nigeria are comfortably ahead of their main rival in their qualifying group, South Africa. The Bafana Bafana are 59th in the world ranking and tenth on the African continent.

The Super Eagles are also well ahead of Cameroon and Ghana in the latest ranking, with the Indomitable Lions sitting in 49th position in the world ranking, while the Black Stars are 64th.

Meanwhile, World Cup holders Argentina are still the number one football playing nation in the world while France and Belgium retain their second and third positions respectively.

 

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