Eagles drop three places to 35th in latest FIFA Rankings
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped three places in the lastest FIFA ranking for November to 35th in the world after their lacklustre performance in the 2022 AFCON qualifiers double header with Sierra Leone where they claimed consecutive draws out of six points.
The Eagles thus dropped from 32nd to 35th on the rankings with Senegal the only African nation in the top 20 in the world.
Tunisia (26), Algeria (31), Nigeria (35), Morocco (35), Egypt (49) and Cameroon (50) are second, third, fourth, fourth, suchh and seventh in the African rankings.
Meanwhile, with no fewer than 160 full internationals played in November, including qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, CAF Africa Cup of Nations, and the UEFA EURO, the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking sees plenty of movement.
While the podium remains unchanged, Belgium have widened the gap on their immediate pursuers France. Third-placed Brazil are closing in on Les Bleus after extending their perfect start in South American qualifying for Qatar 2022.
Despite the lack of movement at the summit, there are some familiar faces back in the top ten, with Mexico (9th, +2) and Italy (10th, +2) making their return after nine and four years respectively. Croatia (11th, -2) and Colombia (15th, -5) are the two teams dropping out.
A little further down, Romania (37th, +7) and Hungary (40th, +7) have also made impressive gains, while Egypt (49th, +3) and Cameroon (50th, +3) move into the Top 50 at the expense of Costa Rica (51st, -1) and Ghana (52nd, -4).
However, the biggest climbers this month are two other African sides: Equatorial Guinea (134th, +10) and Burundi (138th, +10). The former shone in back-to-back victories over Libya (111th, -9) in AFCON qualifying, while the latter first drew and then beat Mauritania (101st, -3) in the same competition.