The Super Eagles of Nigeria continued their rise in the latest FIFA Ranking jumping 10 places from 60 to 50 in the world and six in Africa.
Since the last FIFA Ranking, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have won two games against Zambia and Algeria to take command of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group.
Argentina remain top for November, but have seen their command on the summit weakened by close rivals Brazil (2, up 1). After a good run of form in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying, A Seleção have surpassed Germany (3, down 1) and closed the distance to their South American neighbours, as the year-end approaches. Chile, meanwhile, climbed into fourth place.
Republic of Ireland (23, up 10) jumped ten places to break into the Top 25 this month after winning three successive World Cup qualifiers. Egypt saw off Ghana in one of Africa’s headline World Cup qualifiers to move up ten places themselves into 36th position. Further down the table, Burkina Faso (50, up 17), Nigeria (50, up ten) and Slovenia (50, up 2) all managed to squeeze into joint 50th place after impressive results on the road to Russia.
The December ranking will be the final ranking for 2016 and will reveal the winners for the Team of the Year (awarded to the team in first place by year’s end) and Mover of the Year (awarded to the team that has won the most points over the course of the year).
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 22 December 2016.