Nigeria drop to 34h in Fifa’s world rankings as Belgium remain top

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The Super Eagles have dropped one spot from 33rd to 34th on the latest FIFA rankings following a 2-2 draw with Ukraine in Dnipro on September 10.

Elsewhere, Senegal remain the highest ranked African team.

The 2019 AFCON runners-up are currently at 20th position, while Tunisia, who sit in 29th position.

AFCON winners, Algeria climbed two spots to 38th place.

Morocco also jumped up two places to 39th, while Egypt complete Africa’s top five, remaining in 49th position overall.

Top 20 Teams in Africa

Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Cameroon, Congo DR, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Guinea, Cape Verde, Uganda, Zambia, Benin Republic, Gabon, Congo.

Top 20 Teams in the World

Belgium, France, Brazil, England, Portugal, Uruguay, Spain, Croatia, Colombia, Argentina, Switzerland, Mexico, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Chile, Sweden, Senegal.

Belgium stay top, Kosovo reach record high

On the globe stage,Belgium remain top of the FIFA/CocaCola World Ranking after an action-packed number of weeks in international football which saw 78 friendlies, 74 continental qualifiers and 60 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers take place.

Though the teams in the top ten remain unchanged, there has been some movement. France (2nd, up 1) and Brazil (3rd, down 1) have traded places, while Spain (7th, up 2) are the top ten’s biggest movers.

The Cayman Islands (193rd, up 11), and Grenada (160th, up 13) are the joint-biggest climbers by points, reaping the rewards after their successful showing in the Concacaf Nations League. Indeed, Grenada’s 13-place surge means that they are September’s highest climber by ranks.

Other notable upwardly mobile nations include Jamaica (47th, up 5) who have broken into the top 50, Republic of Ireland (28th, up 4), Russia (42nd, up 4), Guatemala (133th, up 11), Suriname (142th, up 9), Montserrat (187th, up 9) and Djibouti (186, up 9), who recently overcame Eswatini (150, down 11) over two legs to advance to the second round of African World Cup qualifying for just the second time.

Meanwhile, Kosovo (119, plus 1) have been rewarded for their valiant showing in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying by reaching their best-ever position in the FIFA Ranking.

The Cook Islands are not ranked in the latest standings due to not playing an international “A” match in the last four years. After their next international “A” match, they will be included in the ranking table again with their points total from July 2019 plus/minus the points won or lost in the new match.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 24 October 2019.

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