DESPITE GOOD OUTING AGAINST BRAZIL, NIGERIA DROP ONE STEP IN FIFA RANKING

DESPITE GOOD OUTING AGAINST BRAZIL, NIGERIA DROP ONE STEP IN FIFA RANKING

The superlative performance against record World Cup winners, Brazil, Nigeria still drop a step to 35th in the monthly ranking released on Thursday by FIFA.

Brazil narrowly escaped being beating by Nigeria earlier in the month in a friendly match in Singapore.

But in the current ranking, Nigeria garnered 1,481 points as against 1482 recorded in September.


However, in spite of the drop, Nigeria still occupy the third spot in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who are placed 20th and 29th with 1,546 and 1,495 points, respectively.

On the global scene, although, 184 recent international matches have left their mark on the latest World Ranking, those at the very top remain unaffected by the movement around them.


Belgium (1st, unchanged) still leads the way from France (2nd, unchanged) and Brazil (3rd, unchanged), although top-ten rivals Uruguay (5th, up 1), Croatia (7th, up 1), Argentina (9th, up 1) have at least edged closer to the summit.


But the most significant rises are to be found further down the Ranking, where the in-form quartet of Ukraine (22nd, up 3), Japan (28th, up 3), Turkey (32nd, up 4) and Russia (37th, up 5) are among the more notable climbers.


Jumps of 10 or more places have also been made by a clutch of teams outside the top 50, namely Nicaragua (137th, up 11), South Sudan (162nd, up 11), Barbados (160th, up 10) and São Tomé and Príncipe (180th, up 10).


And there is fresh celebrate, too, for Kosovo (114th, up 5), who can again reflect with pride on their best Ranking position to date.

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