Nigeria Drops 3 Steps On FIFA Ranking

Nigeria has again dropped from her 33rd position on the new FIFA Ranking to 36th position, despite qualifying for the Brazil 2014 World Cup finals.
Nigeria, which ended the outgoing year on a high after winning the African Cup of Nations and the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Nigeria also qualified for both the African Nations Championship, CHAN as well of the FIFA World Cup slated for Brazil, but lost out among the top three seeded countries by FIFA in its monthly Ranking.
Between October, 2013, when Nigeria moved to the 33rd position (three steps up) on the Ranking, the country lost 0-1 to Jordan in an international friendly match and had no point. But Nigeria grabbed 677.25 points for defeating the Wayla Antelopes of Ethiopia home and away in their last qualifying matches for Brazil 2014 this month.
The international friendly, which the Nigerian team also drawn 2-2 against Italy in London on 18 November, earned the country 178.56 points, but that was not enough to get the nation beyond her 36th spot in the World Ranking.
However, despite qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which saw 820 matches played in total, the situation at the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking remains unchanged, with Spain leading the way ahead of Germany, Argentina and Colombia.
Portugal managed to secure fifth position and have climbed back into the top ten along with World Cup hosts Brazil, who won their friendly matches against Honduras (41st, down 7) and Chile (15th, down 3) and are currently sitting tenth.
Belgium (11th, down 6) and England (13th, down 3), however, have had mixed fortunes, with both teams remaining unbeaten in the World Cup qualifiers but then losing two friendlies on home ground.
All the teams in the top 20, except for Ukraine (18th, up 2), have booked their tickets to Brazil next year and just three teams outside of the top 50 have managed to qualify for the 2014 showpiece, namely Cameroon (51st, up 8), Korea Republic (54th, up 2) and Australia (59th, down 2).
Armenia (34th, up 4), Venezuela (35th, up 2), Afghanistan (129th, up 4), the Philippines (133rd, up 4) and Guam (169th, up 2) have all reached their highest positions since the introduction of the ranking in 1993.


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