Lagos - Nigeria’s Super Eagles have suffered their worst
drop in as many years according to the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday
by the world football governing body.
Nigeria is now ranked a distant 57th in the world, and 10th
The latest setback means Nigeria moved 14 steps downwards,
from 43rd spot globally in June. And three steps backwards from the 7th spot on
the continent. Congo, Cameroon and Egypt have all overtook the 2013 Africa
Algeria kept fate with the top spot in Africa, and so was
Ivory Coast in the second place. However, Ghana displaced Tunisia to the 3rd
spot, leaving Senegal, Cameroon, Congo, Cape Verde and Egypt to complete the
top 9 spots.
Also read: NFF offers Oliseh five year deal to coach Super Eagles
Globally, Argentina assumed the apex position for the first
time in seven years despite being beaten via penalty shootout by Chile in the
Copa America final.
The Lionel Messi led side displaced Germany, who now
occupies the 2nd spot, with Belgium moving one step down to 3rd.
Colombia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Portugal, Romania,
England and Wales made the top ten in the world.
Nigeria in the past year have not gone below the top 50
globally, which should be a big concern for incoming coach Sunday Oliseh.
The Super Eagles defeated Chad 2-0 on June 13 in a 2017
Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played in Kaduna, a result that may have no
effect in FIFA’s requirement for ranking.For
the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us
on Twitter and like our Facebook page.