By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Nigeria’s Super Eagles remain in 42nd place in the latest FIFA Rankings released for November.
The Super Eagles, who failed to qualify for the 2015 AFCON, played in three fixtures since the last rankings; a friendly win against Ghana, a victory over Congo-Brazzaville away, and the draw against South Africa. The deposed African champions are 9th on the African continent.
However, with no official fixtures scheduled for the next few months, the Super Eagles may see themselves continue to slip down the rankings.
Last month they dropped five places from 37th, and the previous month they dropped three spots from 34th.
The November edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking reveals very little change in the top ten, with the top seven positions unaltered from last month and world champions Germany still out in front ahead of Argentina and Colombia. France, however, are now in joint seventh place together with Portugal (7th, up 2). In the top 20, England (13th, up 7), Romania (15th, up 6) and Czech Republic (17th, up 5) have all made good progress.
Guinea (38th, up 17) have climbed into the top 50 on the back of two victories in CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifiers, as have Mali (49th, up 9), with their rise coming at the expense of Trinidad and Tobago (54th, down 5) and Egypt (60th, down 22). As a result, the regional composition of the top 50 has shifted slightly in favour of Africa (10 teams, up 1).
Algeria, Tunisia, Cote d’ Ivoire, Senegal, Ghana, Guinea, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Nigeria and Mali make up the Top 10 rankings in Africa.