Super Eagles rise to 32nd on FIFA Rankings, 3rd best in Africa
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have risen four places from 36th to 32nd in the world based on FIFA’s latest rankings.
According to the list released on Thursday by the world football governing body, the three-time African champions also moved two steps up from fifth to third on the continent. Nigeria’s current rating was due to the improved display at the recently concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.
Super Eagles were the only team to emerge from the group stage with nine points after defeating Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau in the preliminary round. But the team suffered a shocking exit in the second round of the competition as they lost 1-0 to Tunisia.
Senegal’s conquest at AFCON saw the team climb to 18th in the world and the best team in Africa. Morocco ranked 24th in the world and second on the continent. Cameroon were also rewarded for their bronze medal at AFCON with 12 spots rising to 38th in the world while Equatorial Guinea climbed 15 places to 99th.
Belgium remain the best team in the world, followed by Brazil and France in second and third place respectively.