Super Eagles Move 14 Places Up In FIFA Ranking After Impressive AFCON

Nigeria’s players celebrate scoring their team’s first goal during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 quarter-final football match between Nigeria and Angola at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on February 2, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)

Following a strong performance in the just concluded 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles have risen 14 places in the latest FIFA rankings.

Nigeria lost to Cote d’Ivoire in the competition’s final last weekend, but they have risen up the FIFA rankings as a result of their outstanding performance.

“In fact, no fewer than six teams from both continents have advanced ten places or more. Côte d’Ivoire (39th, up 10) reaps the benefits of their continental championship at home, secured after an interesting tournament campaign,” FIFA noted on its website while presenting the latest rating.

“Beaten finalists Nigeria (28th, up 14) make significant strides but are no match for the Angola side they ousted in the last eight (93rd, up 24), who are the biggest climbers in the latest instalment of the global ranking.”

The Super Eagles are now Africa’s third-ranked squad, trailing only Morocco (12th) and Senegal (17th).

Nigeria surpassed Egypt, Tunisia, and Algeria, who performed poorly at the AFCON, to become Africa’s top three.

Meanwhile, Argentina remains the best performer on the global stage, followed by France and England.

Belgium, Brazil, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Croatia, in that order, round up the world’s top ten teams.

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