Eagles drop to 42nd in FIFA’s latest world ranking

Nigeria is now ranked 42nd in the latest ranking released by world football governing body, FIFA, yesterday. This latest ranking shows that the three-time African champions have lost two places from their rating announced at the end of October.

The Super Eagles were involved in two competitive matches in November, drawing their first two 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe – two nations below them in the FIFA rankings.

The Super Eagles are the sixth best team in Africa behind Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt. Nigeria’s Group C rivals in the 2026 World Cup African qualifying series, South Africa, Benin, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Lesotho are ranked 66th, 97th, 124th, 133rd and 148th respectively.

The Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations group opponents Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau are ranked 50th, 88th and 103rd respectively.

Argentina is still the top ranked team in the world, followed by France, England, Belgium, Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Croatia in that order.

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