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Nigeria Falls to 38th in Latest FIFA Rankings Amid International Struggles

Nigeria Falls to 38th in Latest FIFA Rankings Amid struggles
Nigeria Falls to 38th in Latest FIFA Rankings Amid struggles

In the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, Nigeria’s national football team, the Super Eagles, has dropped to the 38th position.

The team’s points decreased from 1520.27 to 1498.93, reflecting a notable decline in their standing.

Previously ranked 30th, Nigeria’s fall comes after their recent performances on the international stage. The Super Eagles, who were runners-up in the African Cup of Nations after a 2-1 defeat to the host nation, have faced further challenges.

In their last two matches, Nigeria drew 1-1 against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, and lost 2-1 to Benin Republic in a match held in Ivory Coast.

These results have cast doubt on Nigeria’s prospects for the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers, as the team struggled to secure vital victories in these crucial encounters.

At the top of the rankings, Argentina has maintained its position as the leading football nation in the world. The South American giants added 2.14 points, bringing their total to 1860.14, demonstrating their consistent high-level performance in recent tournaments.

The FIFA rankings are calculated using the Elo model, which takes into account team strength, match importance, and results.

Elsewhere in the rankings, Liberia emerged as the biggest climber, moving up 10 positions to achieve a new high of 142nd. Liberia also gained the most points, adding 37.47 to their total.

Conversely, Equatorial Guinea experienced the most significant drop, falling 10 positions and losing 47.53 points, marking a substantial decline in their ranking.

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