Nigeria’s Super Eagles failed to make any appreciative move in the latest FIFA rankings which were released on Thursday as the team remain 66th in the world and 14th in Africa.
The three time African champions finished in the 66th spot in last December’s rankings and have lost one point from 541 to 540. Knowing fully that the FIFA rankings for May will used to determine team positioning for the final phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Super Eagles must ensure they move above fourth on the Africa rankings in order to avoid facing tougher opponents in the qualifying campaign.
The Elephants of the Ivory Coast are ranked the number one team in Africa and 19th in the world followed by Algeria (28), Ghana (33), Cape Verde Islands (39), Tunisia (40), Senegal (45), Congo (48), Guinea (49), Cameroon (57) and Egypt (58) in the Top 10 on the African continent.
Nigeria’s Eagles are behind the likes of Congo DR (60), Uganda (62) and Mali (63) in the 11th, 12th and 13th position in Africa.
Belgium ended 2015 on a high note and they have begun 2016 in the same fashion. The Red Devils remain top of the table in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking of 2016, while Argentina and Spain have also held onto their respective second and third positions.
FIFA.com reports that with the majority of the top teams enjoying a well-deserved break in the final weeks of 2015, the situation in the top 50 remains largely unchanged in the latest ranking.
The confederation leaders for the first ranking of 2016 mirror those of December’s rankings. Belgium, Argentina, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Iran and New Zealand hold onto continental bragging rights for the time being.
15 games from December 2015 and one “A” match from 2016 have been evaluated for the latest edition.