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Another setback for Nigeria Super Eagles as FIFA release world rankings

June has been a difficult month for Nigeria’s Super Eagles, and there is another setback following the FIFA World ranking released on June 20, 2024.

The Super Eagles have dropped eight places in the latest FIFA rankings, slipping from 30th to 38th in the world.

This decline, announced by FIFA on June 20, 2024, marks the second consecutive drop for the team, following a two-place fall in April.

Recent Performance Issues

The recent slip in rankings follows disappointing performances in World Cup qualifiers. Nigeria managed a 1-1 draw against South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo and suffered a 2-1 defeat to Benin Republic. These results have put their hopes of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup in the USA, Canada, and Mexico at risk.

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Standing in Africa

Despite the global drop, the Super Eagles still rank fifth among African teams. The top four African teams are Morocco (12th in the world), Senegal (18th), Egypt (36th), and Cote d’Ivoire (37th). Nigeria remains ahead of their main qualifying group rival, South Africa, who are ranked 59th globally and 10th in Africa. They also rank higher than Cameroon (49th) and Ghana (64th).

Global Context

Globally, Nigeria is ahead of countries like Scotland, Chile, and Norway, which is home to star striker Erling Haaland. The top five in the global rankings are Argentina, France, Belgium, Brazil, and England.

Looking Ahead

As the Super Eagles prepare for future matches, the focus is on improving performances to climb back up the rankings. Fans and management are hopeful for a strong showing in upcoming fixtures to secure their place in the 2026 World Cup.

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