Eagles occupy 31st position in latest FIFA rankings


Ebenezer Bajela

Nigeria have dropped one place in the latest FIFA men’s rankings for the month of September.

The Super Eagles, who were ranked 30th in the world in the ranking released in August, dropped six points to 31st.

The Eagles’ drop in the rankings was largely due to their 2-1 away defeat to Algeria in their international friendly played in the month under review.

Jose Peseiro’s men were conquered by the Desert Foxes in a friendly game at the Miloud Hadefi Olympic Complex, Oran, in September in what was their only game in the month.

However, the three-time African champions are still the fourth-ranked team in Africa, with Senegal also retaining their number one spot on the continent and 18th in the world. They are followed by second-place Morocco, who also moved one place in the world to 22nd.

Tunisia maintained its position as the third-best team in Africa and 30th in the world, while Algeria leapfrogged Egypt to complete the top five places in Africa while also moving three places in the world to the 37th position.

Meanwhile, Brazil remain the number one ranked side after winning their two matches in the month of September against Ghana and Tunisia in international friendlies.

Belgium are second, with Argentina occupying the third position. France and England maintained their positions to remain the fourth and fifth-best teams in the world.

Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, and Denmark complete the top 10.