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Nigeria rises 14 spots in FIFA ranking despite AFCON 2023 final loss

Following their campaign in Ivory Coast, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have soared up the FIFA rankings, climbing an impressive fourteen spots.

Despite their commendable performance, Nigeria fell short in the AFCON 2023 final under the leadership of Portuguese coach, Jose Peseiro losing 2-1 to Ivory Coast.

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Nevertheless, their display in Ivory Coast has not gone unnoticed, propelling them to the 28th position in the latest FIFA rankings, marking a significant improvement.

They now stand as the third-highest-ranked African team, trailing behind Morocco and Senegal, who hold the 12th and 17th positions respectively.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast, the champions of AFCON 2023, have also made strides in the rankings, ascending ten places to claim the 39th spot globally and fifth in Africa, closely behind Egypt, led by Mohammed Salah, in 36th place.

South Africa, the bronze medallists of AFCON 2023, have advanced from 66th to 58th place, while Qatar, winners of the Asian Cup, have surged twenty-one places to secure the 37th spot.

Angola has emerged as the most significant gainer in the finals, moving 24 places to claim the 93rd spot following their impressive journey to the quarter-finals in West Africa.

Conversely, Tunisia and Algeria have experienced setbacks, each dropping 13 spots in the rankings. Tunisia now stands at 41st place, while Algeria follows closely behind at 43rd, following their premature exits during the group stage of the tournament.

The top ten rankings remain unchanged, with the FIFA 2022 World Cup winners holding the coveted top spot, followed closely by France, the champions of the 2018 World Cup. England, Belgium, Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Croatia complete the list of the world’s top ten ranked nations.

For Nigeria, their return to the 28th position marks their highest ranking since their AFCON triumph in 2013.

Alfred Saiki
Alfred Saiki
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