Super Eagles Improve In FIFA Ranking, Now 3rd In Africa

Super Eagles Improve In FIFA Ranking, Now 3rd In Africa

Nigeria moved up the ladder in the latest FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday.  The Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 elimination notwithstanding, they surged to the third position on the continent ( behind Senegal and Morocco) and thirty-second in the world. Nigeria’s FIFA World Cup Playoff Opponents, the Black Stars of Ghana, who face-off with the Super Eagles next month, are ranked seventh on the continent and fifty-second in the world. After winning their first CAF Africa Cup of Nations title last weekend, Senegal continued their ascent into the upper echelons of world football. In fact, the Lions of Teranga have climbed to 18th in this February’s edition of the FIFA World Ranking, their highest ever position. Unsurprisingly, the Cup of Nations generated most the movement seen in the year’s first edition of the Ranking. That said, there was action beyond the borders of the Mother Continent, most notably in the shape of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, with the results even affecting the Top 5 places. Argentina (4th, + 1) used the international window to take fourth place from England(5th, – 1), following impressive results in the South American qualifiers. Belgium (1, unchanged) remain in pole position ahead of Brazil (2, unchanged) and France (3, unchanged). Aside from Senegal, the highest ranked African nation in the standings, Cameroon(38, + 12), who finished third at the African Cup, and runners-up Egypt (34, + 11) have made the most significant moves within the TOP 50. Other notable movers were Canada (33, + 7) and Costa Rica (42, + 7), on the back of stellar performances during their Qatar 2022 qualifiers in the CONCACAF zone. However, the biggest jump of all this month was by Gambia (125, + 25), the Scorpions ascending 25 places courtesy of their run to the quarter-finals at the African Cup. Equatorial Guinea, who also reached the last eight at the tournament, climb 15 places and are now in the Top 100. Other notable rises were those of Malawi (119, + 10) and Gabon(82, + 7). For their part, Mali (48, + 5) made more modest gains but nonetheless broke in to the Top 50. With eight of its teams now in the Top 50 (up 1 this edition), CAF has consolidated its third place in terms of confederation ranking, to the detriment of the AFC (4 teams in the Top 50, a fall of 1). The other confederations have the same number of representatives as in the December 2021 Ranking: 26 for UEFA, 8 for CONMEBOL, 4 for CONCACAF and none for OFC. The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on 31 March 2022. Leader Belgium (unchanged)
Countries entering the Top 10 None
Countries exiting the Top 10 None
Total matches played 116
Most matches played Burkina Faso (8 matches)
Biggest increase in points Gambia (plus 85.44 points)
Biggest increase in places Gambia (plus 25 places)
Biggest drop in points Algeria (minus 55.58 points)
Biggest drop in places Algeria (minus 14 places)
Countries joining the Ranking None
Countries leaving the Ranking None
Unranked inactive teams Cook Islands

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