After failing to qualify for the Nations Cup for the first time in 25 years, the Super Eagles of Nigeria has dropped one spot from 43 to 44 in the latest FIFA rankings released yesterday by the football governing body FIFA.
The Eagles have been on a free fall in the ranking since the beginning of the year. They still maintain their sixth position in Africa. Ivory Coast is still the number one ranked team in Africa though they dropped three places from 16 to 19 in the world. Egypt moved seven places from 36 to 29 and are the second best team in Africa.Ghana also moved four places from 37 to 33.Algeria ranked 35 and Senegal 42 are the fourth and fifth teams in Africa.
With Holland’s 3-2 loss to Sweden in the European qualifiers, Spain has been able to slightly increase it’s lead thanks to a 23rd consecutive home victory. Germany, Uruguay and Brazil, Italy, England, Greece, Portugal and Argentina make up the top 10 .
With a total of 136 matches played, there has also been movement lower down the top 100, with a mixture of old and new faces heading in the right direction, including Caribbean side Antigua and Barbuda (90th, up 1), Iraq (91st, up 16), Guyana (97th, up 19), Guatemala (99th, up 10) and Cuba (100th, up 1).
Meanwhile, two former participants in the FIFA World Cup finals, New Zealand 105th, and Bolivia 115th, have dropped out of the top 100.