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Nigeria Rise In FIFA Rankings; Algeria Drop As Zambia, Cameroon Move Up

Nigeria Rise In FIFA Rankings; Algeria Drop As Zambia, Cameroon Move Up

By James Agberebi: The Super Eagles of Nigeria moved up three places from 44th to the 41st position in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola World Rankings released on Monday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The latest ranking, which was published on FIFA’s official website, places the Super Eagles in the fifth position in Africa.


The Eagles’ recent rise is as a result of their qualification for next year’s FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia following their 1-0 win against Zambia on 7 October.

Algeria who will host the Eagles in their Group B last qualifying game in November dropped five places from 62nd to 67th.

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Cameroon and Zambia who are also in the Eagles’ World Cup qualifying group rose from 45th to 42nd and 78th to 77th spots respectively.


John Mikel Obi in action against Zambia

Seychelles, who will host the Eagles on matchday two in Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next year, improved in the rankings as they climbed from 190 to 188.

Bafana Bafana of South Africa who beat the Eagles 2-0 in Uyo on matchday one of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers, moved up from 80th spot to 74th, while Libya, also in Group E, dropped from 81st to 87th.

Meanwhile in the top 10 ranked teams, Germany are number one, Brazil are number two, Portugal are in third position, Argentina in fourth and Belgium fifth.

In sixth are Poland, France are seventh, Spain eighth, Chile ninth and Peru 10th.

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  • I still don’t understand the criteria for this useless ratings

  • Rubbish FIFA rankings!!!
    What else do you want from us???
    Beat who again before we move to top three in Africa???

  • If FIFA like they should place Nigeria on level 100 in their corrupt ranking. What I know is that we’re the best in Africa so far. The poor ranking from FIFA will turn out to be a blessing to us when the draw for the 2018 World Cup will be done come December 1st. At least we’ll avoid being drawn with the so called top teams in FIFA ranking, that is, Brazil, Spain, Germany and others. We’ll seeded with teams that #Super_Eagles will walkover all of them and progress to the next phase of the tournament in Russia.

    • Ah! Fifa dont group countries like that o! In each group, there will be two strong and higly ranking team and two weak lowly ranking team. The two strong teams are likely to qualify but if any of the two strong team fucked up, one of the weaker team may beat them and qualify from the group. And that is how its done!

  • This is Unbelievable! This FIFA ranking is untrue, biased and corrupt.

  • FIFA 41st.? why not 4000,take it to whatever level,#iBELIEVEinMyEagle,with present renewed and committed Eagle players.

  • These FIFA people do not know what they are doing. Why should Zambia rise at all? They lost and yet rise. We that won just rose small. We should be in the 30 bracket for even qualifying first in Africa with a match to spare. Even if Portugal should be in the top 10, should it be no 3? Argentina struggled to qualify for Russia and Chile did not even qualified. 4th &9th respectively. Why??? Brazil should be no1 for qualifying long ago. I foresee this method being changed very soon.

  • tayor 5 years ago

    useless ranking

  • Colonial mentality,to hell With FIFA and Their bigot ranking.Portugal playing teams like Andorra,and most European teams playing teams that can not even stand Nigeria golden eaglets and bigot FIFA would rate them top and place African countries With tough Challengers as Nothing.We Won Cameroun,etc and we Only move 3step and These European countries won against countries that are not even in Map and they stay top.Let These White Bigots keep using racism and Their caucacian Strategy on us,and some low mentality Africans would still believe These Their useless Whity manipulation,to hell With corrupt FIFA and Their cohorts.Rubbish Bin.

  • I has been working here Bahrain for the past 7yrs never seen any rain either thunder bro..

  • Supatemmy 5 years ago

    This is totally biased

  • Adeydee 5 years ago

    Poland is number 6, Peru is number 10, Wales is 14, Iceland is 21 etc. Really??? All hail FIFA. Whoever wrote the program that they use for this rating is a very confused individual and for FIFA to retain this dubious calculation simply shows how confused they are.

  • Super eagle as far am concern are the best in Africa right now and should be the no 1 in Africa #fifa get that fact………..

  • Outside Africa sef, what are countries like Peru and Poland doing in the top 10? IS FIFA telling us that these 2 teams can beat Nigeria at the World Cup? England (with Tammy, if they ever take him along) cannot beat Nigeria. I’ll be dissappointed with a draw.

  • for Godsake wen will we start seeing nigeria from 21st in africa

  • How many teams are going to the world cup? So those that are not going are still better than us? I’ve stopped taking FIFA ranking serious since 2002.

  • we done care about that position,all we need is to win the world cup for Africa


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