Monday, 10 December, 2018

Nigeria drop 6 places in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland are currently ranked 34th in the world Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland are currently ranked 34th in the world
Christy Curtis | 15 September, 2017, 01:28

Zambia's gain comes after a fruitful 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifying campaign in September when they recorded back-to-back victories over Algeria who have dropped out of the FIFA top 50 as a outcome.

Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings are based on the average number of points that a team accumulates over a four-year period.

The ranking is South Africa's lowest since 2013 when Gordon Igesund was still mentoring the national team.

That was not enough to take them upwards, as they are now ranked fifth in Africa, according to the world football governing body.

Brazil slide to second place, Portugal leapfrog to third spot from sixth position while Argentina slipped down to fourth and Belgium completes top five list.

Stanley Okumbi's charges have dropped to position 88 with 400 points from the 82nd spot they occupied last month.

Switzerland are seventh, France eighth, Chile ninth and Colombia tenth.

Earlier this month, Gordon Strachan's men secured 3-0 and 2-0 victories over Lithuania and Malta respectively in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The Africa Cup of Nations champions dropped 10 places from 35th to 45th and are now ranked 6th in Africa.

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