LIBYA’S DOUBLE DEFEAT EARNS SUPER EAGLES FOUR STEPS IN FIFA RANKING

LIBYA’S DOUBLE DEFEAT EARNS SUPER EAGLES FOUR STEPS IN FIFA RANKING

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

Super Eagles’ double over Libya earlier this month has earned Nigeria a four-step lead in the FIFA Monthly Ranking released on Thursday.

 

Nigeria now ranks 44 in the world and third in Africa behind Tunisia and Senegal who are ranked 22nd and 25th respectively in the World.

 

The team has earlier in the month defeated Libya 4-0 in Uyo and 3-2 in the reciprocal leg of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying duel played in Sfax, Tunisia.

 

The deadlock in the first position experienced for the first time since the FIFA ranking began in 1994 was broken as Belgium is now number 1 in the world.

 

Last month Belgium tied with France as joint first. But the Belgians are now ahead of the World Cup holders by just a point. Belgium has 1733 while France has 1732.

 

That was the result of Belgium and France beating Switzerland and Germany respectively in the UEFA Nations League and also respectively drawing with Netherlands and Iceland.

 

In compiling the October 2018 ranking, FIFA took into account all the 162 matches played all over the world. Zimbabwe made the biggest move by points, raking 24 points.

 

Lesser known Gibraltar had the biggest move by ranks moving eight steps upward to 190.

 

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