NIGERIA DROP THREE STEPS IN FIFA RANKING

NIGERIA DROP THREE STEPS IN FIFA RANKING
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Nigeria has dropped to the 32nd position from the earlier 29th last month as the latest FIFA ranking is released this Thursday. The uninspiring 0-1 loss to Algeria in a friendly match may have contributed to the drop.

Sports Village Square observes that the victorious Algerian side moved five steps up the ladder to be joint 30th with Serbia.  Apart from beating Nigeria 1-0, Algeria went ahead to draw with Mexico to maintain a 20-match unbeaten streak.  

Tunisia, which drew 1-1 with Nigeria in another friendly match maintain their 26th position in the FIFA ranking and second position in Africa behind Senegal who are 21st in the world.

Elsewhere, the podium remains the same.  The gap only narrowed between top-ranked Belgium and their immediate pursuers, France and Brazil, following the Red Devils‘ loss to England (4th) in the UEFA Nations League – their first defeat since November 2018.

However, there are changes to the Top 10: Spain (6th, +1) and Argentina (8th, +1) swapped places with Uruguay (7th, -1) and Croatia (9th, -1) respectively.

Further down the classification, Denmark (13th, +3), Algeria (30th, +5), Paraguay (35th, +5), Morocco (39th, +4), Scotland (45th, +4), and Hungary (47th, +5) all progressed, with the Magyars breaking into the Top 50 at the expense of Bosnia and Herzegovina (51, -1).

The biggest climber this month was Malta (180th, +6), who jumped six places courtesy of victories over Gibraltar (195th, unchanged) and Latvia (142nd, -5) and a draw with Andorra (145th, -8). Also worthy of note is the progress of Ecuador (60th, +4), Panama (77th, +4) and Israel (88th, +5).