Super Eagles Slip In FIFA Ranking As Iceland Rise; Argentina, Croatia Steady

Super Eagles Slip In FIFA Ranking As Iceland Rise; Argentina, Croatia Steady

By Nurudeen Obalola: Nigeria dropped one place in the latest FIFA ranking released by the football governing body on Thursday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Super Eagles were 51st in the world with 651 points in January but are now 52nd with 606 points, according to the ranking on FIFA’s official website on Thursday.

Nigeria, who were losing finalists at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco recently, however remain seventh in Africa, where Tunisia are the top ranked country.

Senegal, DR Congo, CHAN champions Morocco and Egypt make up Africa’s top five, while Cameroon are sixth.

Ghana, Burkina Faso and Algeria are eighth, ninth and 10th in Africa.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup opponents Iceland are the biggest movers  in terms of points in the ranking. The tiny European country moved up two spots from 20th to 18th and gained 58 points from 959 to 1017.

Croatia and Argentina, Nigeria’s other group opponents in Russia in June, did not move, staying in 15th and fourth respectively.

Incidentally, Nigeria and Libya played the most matches (six) in the period under review.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 6
  • Achi 2 days

    Ha ha ha ha ha FIFA again with their abracadabra ranking games. Don’t worry, we’ll demonstrate the real ranking for all to see on the field in Russia. No headache over the current ranking. No shaking.

  • Mykel 2 days

    Very soon they will probe the FIFA committee behind the rankings, bcoz there is possibility of something going on there.

  • msugh 2 days

    hmmmmm fifa with his countroversal rankin again,,well am not suprise at all but were am totally confused is that, why other countries keep moving in rankin whether they a play a competitive match or not?.which match iceland play in this mouth that others country didn’t play .

  • Stanley 2 days

    It’s a total shame on FIFA.my question is how do countries that have no business in the world cup be doing in first 32 qualified countries?.
    If this is the way, then the beauty of running the world cup race should be forgotten.
    I don’t see any reason in Africa our league was ranked 9th, but the Eagles home base team went saw and prove even the mighty Sudanese league wrong. A win is a win.
    FIFA should be objective in their ranking, let it be a ranking that is a reflection of their tournament. Not the analogue type of Ranking.

  • Emmanuel Ajii 2 days

    Nigeria will surprise the world.

  • Bekee 2 days

    The ranking I believe in is the one earned in the field of play not some boardroom algebra. So let the Super Eagles prepare to give us the real ranking we believe in Russia.