Nigerian National Team slips down FIFA rankings despite continent’s standing
The Super Eagles of Nigeria witnessed a downward shift in the latest FIFA rankings, dropping by two spots to secure the 42nd position globally.
According to the ranking table on FIFA’s website, the team experienced a decrease of 16.04 points, tallying 1474.44 points as opposed to 1490.48 points in October.
“Despite the drop in global ranking, the Super Eagles maintained their position as the 6th team on the African continent, trailing behind Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt,” revealed the latest update from the world football governing body.
The decline in ranking follows the Super Eagles’ recent performance in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, where they encountered a 1-1 draw against Lesotho on Nov. 16 and Zimbabwe on Nov. 19.
While Argentina retains the top position, France and England have surged to the forefront, with Belgium also climbing up a spot. Brazil, however, witnessed a dip in rankings after facing consecutive defeats by Colombia and Argentina.
Aside from these shifts, several nations experienced notable progress in the rankings. Uruguay made a significant leap to secure the 11th position, while the Comoros Islands celebrated their highest-ever ranking at 119th, propelled by their victories against the Central African Republic and Ghana.
The FIFA rankings also welcomed the re-entry of Samoa (187th), American Samoa (188th), and Tonga (196th) into international football after a period of inactivity.
The rankings encompassed FIFA World Cup qualifiers across African and Asian countries, UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying matches, Concacaf Nations League 2023-24 encounters, and the Pacific Games 2023, all influencing the composition of the standings.