.Now 17th In Africa, 70th In The World As Benin, Uganda Move Up –
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have again dropped deeper in the FIFA ranking to 17th in Africa and 70th spot in the world.
In the latest Ranking release by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) on Thursday, 14 July, 2016, the Eagles, who were 61st in the world last month with 559 points are now 70th with 514 points.
Interestingly, the Nigerian senior national team are now behind teams from Cape Verde (11th in Africa & 62 in the world), Uganda (15th in Africa & 69th in the world) and Benin Republic (14th in Africa 68th in the world).
With their 17th position in Africa, the Eagles have their hands full when they battle Algeria in their 2018 World Cup qualifier as the Algerians still retain their number one position as Africa’s best in the FIFA Rankings.
The North Africans are 32nd in the world with 781 points, Cameroon are jumped up five spots to 53rd in the world and seventh in Africa with 575 points.
Nigeria’s other group foes Zambia are 88th in the world and 23rd in Africa with 385 points.
Meanwhile, Argentina maintain their top spot as number one in the world, Belgium are currently second, while Colombia, Germany and South American champions Chile are ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively. European champions Portugal jumped up two spots to the sixth position after beating France in the final of Euro 2016.