Nigeria’s Super Eagles finished 2018 as the 44th best footballing nation in the world according to the latest FIFA world ranking released on Thursday.
Eagles who remain unmoved from the spot they have occupied since October saw the Gernot Rohr’s men sit at the 4th best team on the Africa continent with 1427 points.
The three-time African champions played out a 1-1 draw against South Africa in November confirming their spot in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, after missing the two previous editions which no doubt impacted on their FIFA Ranking.
Senegal now ranks the number one team in Africa having displaced Tunisia from the number-one position. Both are ranked 23rd and 26th in the world respectively.
Belgium maintained their dominance at the summit of the world, ranking France (2nd, unchanged) and Brazil (3rd, unchanged) which has narrowed over the past month.Defeats for the leading duo in the UEFA Nations League resulted in both dropping six FIFA Ranking points, while Brazil – even though they are still 50 points behind France – added seven after wins over Uruguay (7th, down 1) and Cameroon (55th, down 4).
The big climbers in the ranking include the African quintet of Mozambique (117th, up 5), Angola (125th, up 5), Sudan (127th, up 8), Comoros (143rd, up 5) and Gambia (166th, up 7).
The rise of Kosovo (131st, up 6) was also notable as it took them to their highest FIFA Ranking position to date.
The next FIFA ranking will be released on February 7