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Nigerian senior men’s national football team, the Super Eagles, dropped two places in the latest FIFA football rankings released on Thursday, August 12, 2021. The Nigerian side also dropped from the 3rd to 5th spot in the African football rankings. Nigeria’s latest position in world football is hardly surprising as a string of defeats in international friendly matches against Algeria, Cameroon, and Mexico, dented the country’s hopes on the global football chart.

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In pole position for African football is the Teranga Lions of Senegal, ranked 21st in the world. The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia occupy the second spot in Africa, and the 28th spot in the world, while the Algerian and Moroccan national teams sit on the third and fourth positions in African football. Top of the global chart is the European nation, Belgium. Five-time world champions, Brazil, occupies the second spot, while France, England, and Euro 2020 winners, Italy, sit in the third, fourth, and fifth spots. Argentina who have recently crowned Copa America champions, occupy the sixth spot.

Coach Gernot Rohr and his charges will be looking to improve on their global and continental rankings when the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers commence in September 2021. Nigeria will be banking on the experience of team captain, Ahmed Musa, and stars such as Kenneth Omeruo, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, and others that have featured in the world cup, to book a ticket to Qatar 2022.


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This article was first published on 16th August 2021


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