Nigeria move up to 31st in Fifa World Rankings
Nigeria has climbed four places to 31st in Fifa’s latest world rankings after their impressive Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches in November.
The Super Eagles beat Benin Republic 2-1 and Lesotho 4-2 in the AFCON qualifying matches.
In the ranking table on the website of the world football governing body, FIFA, Nigeria garnered 1493 points as against 1481 points gotten in October.
The Super Eagles also retained their third position on the continent behind Senegal and Tunisia who are placed 20th and 27th with 1555 and 1506 points respectively.
Other top 10 Africa nations are: Algerian Champions Algeria (35), Morocco (43).
Ghana moved up by one place to sixth position, ahead of Egypt (51), Cameroon (53), Mali (56) and Congo DR (56).
On the international scene, the top five remains unchanged and there is only one change in the top ten, with Croatia (6th, up 1) climbing for the second successive edition at the expense of Portugal (7th, down 1).
There are, however, more significant changes further down the table, with Italy (13th, up 2), Poland (19th, up 2) and Serbia (29th, up 4) pushing their way upwards.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers in Asia have also made an impression. Myanmar (136th, up 11), for example, are the only team to have advanced more than 10 positions, having done so thanks to impressive wins over Nepal (170th, down 3), Tajikistan (121st, down 5) and Mongolia (190th, down 4).
Kuwait (147th, up 9) also made a substantial jump on the back of their fine results in the Qatar 2022 preliminaries.
Yet perhaps the most significant success story of this edition is Venezuela (25th, up 1).
While their rise might be more modest than others, La Vinotinto – due largely to a recent friendly victory over Japan (28th, unchanged) – have now ascended to their highest position since the Ranking was introduced in 1993.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 19 December 2019.