By Chineze Ogugua
Nigeria has dropped by some points in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.
The Super Eagles had a decent run during the recent World Cup qualifiers, but still dropped in points in the rankings.
Nigeria boosted their hopes of a spot in Russia after thumping Cameroon 4-0 at home before drawing 1-1 in Yaounde, but those four points couldn’t help them avoid slipping to fifth in the continent and 44th in the world.
Cape Verde were the biggest climbers after their 2-1 and 2-0 triumphs, as they climbed to 14th in the continent and 67th overall. No nation in the world has climbed more than the islanders during the last month, with the Sharks climbing up 264 points and 47 places overall.
Meanwhile, South Africa dropped to their lowest ever position since 2013 after their two-legged loss to Cape Verde, dropping to the 80th position.
Egypt remains Africa’s top team, ahead of Tunisia, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo in second, third and fourth respectively, despite falling five places globally.
At the top of the world rankings are Germany at the first position, piping Brazil who are in the second spot, followed by Portugal, Argentina and Belgium.
Africa’s top 5 are as follows:
- Egypt (30)
- Tunisia (31)
- Senegal (33)
- DR Congo (42)
- Nigeria (44)