FIFA rankings released on Thursday, August 10th took a positive turn for the Nigerian Super Eagles despite the fact that the country is currently being hit by political crisis. This movement upwards is highly welcome as the Super Eagle’s expected to play against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions next month in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. The Indomitable Lions on the other hand, managed to move to fifth place and are 35th in the world. The country now comes sixth after Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tunisia, and Cameroon. The team was beaten 2-0 by South Africa, but they still managed to climb up to the 6th and 38th position in Africa and the world respectively and now stand at 716 points. Also, notable on the global map is Brazil who are at the top stop worldwide while Germany dropped to second best. The next ranking is expected on September 14, 2017.
Interestingly, the Indomitable Lions are just a spot ahead of Nigeria both in Africa and in the world. They will clash in Uyo and Yaounde twice in early September and this will play a vital role in their match towards getting the last Group B pairing ticket and in the September FIFA rankings. Below is a line-up of the leading African teams as of September:
- Egypt takes first position and takes 25th in the world after garnering 866 points
- Congo takes the second slot in Africa and 28th in the world after garnering 822 points
- Senegal takes third with 794 points and is 31st in world rankings
- Tunisia takes fourth place at 776 points and 34th position worldwide
- Cameroon are at fifth with 737 points and 35th worldwide
Some other teams did not register an improved performance, with teams such as Bafana Bafana of South Africa dropping down two positions. South Africa now stands at position 13 in Africa and 66th worldwide even though the team won several significant games such as their away game against Nigeria. The FIFA rankings rise and fall depending on the team’s and rival’s results from previous years