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Super Eagles suffer heavy drop in FIFA ranking

09 July 2015, 13:53Israel Ojoko

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 in Africa.

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 champions.

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.

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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.

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