FIFA Rankings: Super Eagles Make Shock Drop
The Super Eagles surprisingly dropped six places overall on the latest FIFA Rankings released on Thursday by the World Football governing body.
After beating reigning African champions Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo and playing out a 1-1 draw away in Yaounde in the World Cup qualifiers, many had predicted that Nigeria will take a lift on the rankings.
However, the reverse turned to be the case as the Eagles dropped from 38th to 44th spot.
The Super Eagles who are now ranked fifth in Africa are still behind the quartet of Egypt, Tunisia Senegal, and Congo DR.
While the victory recorded by the Super Eagles may not have helped their course in a big way, it did have a negative effect on the Indomitable Lions who plummeted 10 places to now occupy the 45th spot just behind Nigeria.
Zambia who will be facing Nigeria in the next round of matches in the World Cup qualifying series made a massive leap in the rankings as they moved up 18 steps to 78th spot after the back-to-back win over Alegria.
On their part, the Desert Foxes have dropped to 62nd spot in the world after losing 14 places on the September rankings released on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Germany have returned to the summit of the world rankings; pushing Brazil to second spot.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 16 October 2017.
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