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Nigeria Drops One Place In October FIFA Ranking, Belgium Maintains First Position

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Nigeria's Super Eagles have dropped one place in the latest ranking released by FIFA on Thursday, October 24.

Nigeria fell from the 34th to 35th position in October's ranking despite picking up a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Brazil in an international friendly in Singapore earlier this month.

The home-based Eagles also defeated Togo 2-0 last weekend in Lagos but the 4-1 defeat which they suffered in the first leg in Lome meant that they failed to qualify for the 2020 African Nations Championship.

Despite the drop, Nigeria remains the third-placed team in Africa behind 2019 Nations Cup finalists, Senegal and Tunisia. African champions, Algeria, are fourth while Morocco makes up the continent's top five.

Nigeria Drops One Place In October FIFA Ranking, Belgium Maintains First Position

At the world stage, the top-four remain unchanged, with Belgium still in 1st position while World Champions, France, Copa America Champions, Brazil and England, closely follow. Meanwhile, Uruguay displaced Portugal to break into the top five.

The biggest movers by ranks this month were Nicaragua and South Sudan who moved 11 places up the log while Mauritius who dropped down by 12 positions were the heaviest fallers.

The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on November 28, 2019.