The Super Eagles of Nigeria has moved up to be ranked Africa’s sixth-best footballing nation in the latest FIFA ranking.
According to the ranking, Nigeria garnered 1486.48 points to be ranked 39th in the world.
A total of 62 matches have been played since the last edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in June, with 25 of those matches taking place in the final competition of the Concacaf Gold Cup. The other 37 matches were in the SAFF Cup (AFC) and COSAFA Cup (CAF), two tournaments that are considered friendly competitions for the purposes of the FIFA ranking.
There are no changes at all in the top ten, which is made up solely of European and South American teams. Argentina (1st) remain at the top of the pile, with the other two podium places occupied by France (2nd) and Brazil (3rd), closely followed by England (4th), Belgium (5th) and Croatia (6th).
Other teams are knocking on the door of the top ten, however. Knocked out in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup, the USA (11th) have missed a chance to break into the leading pack, and they now also have Mexico (12th, up 2) hot on their heels following El Tri’s triumph in the same competition. Mexico’s rise means that Switzerland (13th, down 1) and Morocco (14th, down 1) have both fallen one spot.
Gold Cup runners-up Panama (45th, up 12) have climbed 12 places, the biggest rise in this ranking. By reaching the final four, Jamaica (58th, up 5) have also made good progress. There are mixed fortunes for the beaten quarter-finalists, however. Costa Rica (46th, down 4) have slipped four places, whereas Guatemala (107th, up 9) have jumped nine spots.
The tournaments in Asia (SAFF Cup) and Africa (COSAFA Cup) have had very little impact on the ranking, although three of the participating teams – Kuwait (137th, up 4), Bangladesh (189th, up 3) and Malawi (123rd, up 3) – have made some headway. The two tournament winners – India (99th, up 1) and Zambia (84th) – have gained points but made little to no progress in the ranking.
Finally, there are some notable climbs for teams in the lower reaches of the ranking, such as the Cayman Islands (193rd, up 4), Gibraltar (198th, up 4), Aruba (199th, up 4) and Liechtenstein (200th, up 4).
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 21 September 2023.
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