The Super Eagles of Nigeria have slipped two positions to 42nd in the most recent FIFA rankings, a result of their draws against Lesotho and Zimbabwe in the recent international break.
Previously positioned at 40th globally and 6th in Africa on the October 26 rankings, the Super Eagles inability to secure victories against Zimbabwe and Lesotho during the initial two matches of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers led to this decline.
Despite being considered favorites against both teams, the three-time African champions fell short of expectations. They dropped points against Lesotho, ranked 153rd, in Abuja and managed only a draw against 125th-ranked Zimbabwe three days later on neutral ground.
Following these outcomes, the Super Eagles now hold the 42nd position globally, maintaining their sixth position within the African continent. In contrast, Lesotho ascended five places to 148, and Zimbabwe climbed one spot to 124.
In the African rankings, the top five teams remain unchanged, with Morocco securing the top spot, followed by Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt.
On the global stage, Argentina and France continue to lead in the first two positions. England and Belgium have moved up to 3rd and 4th, displacing Brazil to the 5th position. The Netherlands and Portugal have swapped places at 6th and 7th, while Spain, Italy, and Croatia complete the top ten.