Nigeria’s Super Eagles dropped a place in the latest monthly FIFA rankings released on Thursday, 21 September on FIFA’s website.
Jose Peseiro’s side thrashed Sao Tome and Principe 6-0 in their last fixture, but the result didn’t have any positive effect on their position on the ranking table.
The Atlas Lions of Morocco remain the top-ranked team on the continent, the North Africans are followed by the Terangha Lions of Senegal, Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, Desert Foxes of Algeria, and Pharaohs of Egypt.
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The Eagles’ 2026 FIFA World Cup Group C qualifying opponents did not fare much better either.
Lesotho, who will visit Nigeria in their first game of the qu alifiers in November, dropped to 152.
South Africa and Benin Republic dropped to 65 and 94 places respectively while Zimbabwe stayed at 125 and Rwanda also remained at 139.
Also, Saudi Arabia, who will play the Eagles in a friendly in October, dropped to the 57th position.
Following a 1-0 triumph over Ecuador and a 3-0 away success against Bolivia in their opening FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers, Argentina tightened their grip at the summit of the ranking.
France in second place lost some ground on Argentina after suffering a 2-1 friendly defeat against Germany.
Meanwhile, Brazil (3rd), England (4th), and Belgium (5th) retain their places in the top five which remain unchanged from the July 2023 edition of the global ranking.
The leading pack are followed by Croatia (6th), the Netherlands (7th), and Portugal (8th), the only team amongst the top ten to climb a position.
Italy (9th) slipped down a spot after having been held to a 1-1 draw away to North Macedonia in the sides’ UEFA EURO 2024 qualifier. The top-ten line-up is completed by Spain.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 26 October.