The Federation International Football Association
Fifa released its first ranking of the year on
Thursday as Nigeria Super Eagles Maintained its
fourth position in Africa but slipped two places on
the world ranking.
Nigeria dropped from her previous 44th position to
46th in the FIFA Coca Cola World Rankings.
The Eagles maintained its 1427 points from the
previous list in December.
The Asian champions, Qatar climb to 55th in the
world, gaining 38 places and reaching their best
position since 1993.
According to FIFA statement, the Asian Cup has
been responsible for the notable changes in the
rankings, with the scarcity of games in other
confederations leaving the top 20 unchanged, and
Belgium still in pole position.
Further down the table, Qatar is not the only team to
have ascended in spectacular style.
Fellow finalists, Japan (27th, up 23) have also
soared up the order, while Korea Republic (38th, up
15), United Arab Emirates (67th, up 12) and Jordan
(97th, up 12) all registered double-digit gains.
There were also significant upward moves by the
likes of Iraq (80th, up , Iran (22nd, up 7) and
Uzbekistan (89th, up 6).
Another consequence of these changes is that Asia
has boosted its numbers in the Ranking’s top 50.
The Asian Football Confederation is now
represented by four teams up, one on the last
edition, and now stands level with Africa, whose
numbers have been depleted by Congo DR (51st,
down 2) dropping out.
Meanwhile, Senegal retains her top spot among CAF
teams with 1505 points and 24th in the world with
Tunisia following closely with 1493 points on 28th
Behind is Morrocco who garnered 1440 points after
descending three places, from 40th placed in the
previous list to 43rd.
The next rankings will be published on April 4.