Nigeria Drop To 45th Spot As Portugal Climb To Fifth In Latest FIFA World Ranking

Nigeria dropped three places to 45th spot in the latest global rankings released by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).
Friday’s announcement came as a blow to the Super Eagles who moved up four places in the previous standings back in April.

During the period in review, Gernot Rohr’s men were involved in a friendly match against Zimbabwe as part of their preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) but it ended in a goalless draw in Asaba.

Nigeria join Guinea, DR Congo, Lesotho and Seychelles as the African teams with the biggest drop in ranks in the standings.

Despite the global difference, they remain the third best team in Africa behind first-placed Senegal [22] and Tunisia [25] in second.

Morocco [47], DR Congo [49], Ghana [50], Cameroon [51], Egypt [58], Burkina Faso [59] and Mali [62] make up the other top 10 teams in the continent.

Nigeria will be aiming for greater heights in the next Fifa ranking scheduled for July 25 with their performances at the Africa Cup of Nations will be included.

The three-time African champions have been placed in Group B of the tournament with Guinea, Burundi and Madagascar.

FIFA World ranking for African national teams:


Meanwhile in the international level, Portugal climbed two places to fifth after adding the inaugural Nations League title to their European Championship crown.

Fernando Santos' side leapfrogged Croatia and Uruguay.Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the final in Porto thanks to a second-half strike from Goncalo Guedes, after a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick had seen them past Switzerland in the semis.

The Dutch, who failed to qualify for both Euro 2016 and last year's World Cup, also gained two spots, rising to a tie for 14th.

Belgium remain atop the rankings ahead of world champions France after back-to-back 3-0 wins over Kazakhstan and Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying.
TOP 10 WORLD FIFA RANKINGS:

1. Belgium 

2. France 

3. Brazil 

4. England 

5. Croatia 

6. Uruguay 

7. Portugal 

8. Switzerland 

9. Spain 

10. Denmark

The next FIFA World Ranking will be release July 25, six days after the end of hostilities at Africa Cup of Nations 2019.

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