Nigeria’s men national football team has dropped three places from 32nd to 35th in the latest FIFA rankings released yesterday by the world football governing body.
It is believed that the down-slide in Nigeria’s FIFA ranking position is as a result of the Super Eagles uninspiring performance against Sierra Leone during the just concluded international break. The Super Eagles gave up a 4-0 lead to earn a draw at home against the Leone Stars in the first leg of the AFCON qualifiers encounter. The second leg in Freetown was no better as the game ended in a goalless draw.
The Super Eagles now rank 4th in Africa behind Algeria, Tunisia and Senegal who recently moved to 1st position.
Before the latest rankings, the Super Eagles were the third ranked team in Africa having been ranked 29th in the world.
However, Super Eagles closest group rivals in the 2022 AFCON qualifying series, Benin Republic moved up to 83rd from 84th in the September rankings and equally moved up to 17th from 18th in Africa.
Nigeria’s other group opponent Lesotho also moved from 139 to 137 in the world. However, they remain 39th in Africa.
The Leone Stars of Sierra Leone suffered the same fate with the Super Eagles after they dropped to 120th place from 119th in the world just as they slipped from 30th to 31 in Africa.