Nigeria falls in FIFA rankings, while Morocco rises to 11th

Nigeria falls in the FIFA rankings, while Morocco rises to 11th.

In the latest FIFA rankings, which was released on Thursday, Nigeria slid from position 32 to position 35, while World Cup champion Argentina moved up to the second spot, reports.

After an outstanding performance in Qatar 2022, Morocco has surpassed Senegal as the highest-ranked African team. Morocco rose from 22nd place in October to 11th place overall.

The Atlas Lions’ adventure came to an end as the first African team to make it to the final four when they lost 2-1 to Croatia in the play-off after losing to France 2-0 in the semifinals.

Morocco are ahead of Senegal (19th), Tunisia (30th), Cameroon (33rd) and Nigeria (35th).

Brazil, the quarter-finalists for Qatar 2022, is still on top. Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, who won the title on Sunday in Qatar, moves up one spot, along with second-placed France, who is now third, and fourth-placed Belgium.

Croatia moved from 12th to seventh after finishing third, with fourth-placed Morocco now 11th as the highest-positioned African nation.

England (fifth), Netherlands (sixth), Italy (eighth), Portugal (ninth) and Spain round off the top 10 sides.

Japan are the best-ranked among Asian teams at 20th, in front of Iran (24th), South Korea (25th), Australia (27th), Saudi Arabia (49th) and Qatar (60th).

Singapore remained at 160th spot – the Lions are behind Asean neighbours Vietnam (96th), Thailand (111th), Philippines (134th), Malaysia (145th), Indonesia (151st) and Myanmar (159th).