Latest FIFA Rankings: Nigeria Moved From 42nd To 28th Best Team In The World Despite AFCON 2023 Final Defeat To Host Ivory Coast .

The latest FIFA Men's World Ranking has been released on Thursday, 15th February, 2024, and the Super Eagles of Nigeria who finished as runners-up at the just concluded African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) 2023, are one of the biggest climbers in the ranking.

Despite the Super Eagles losing 2-1 to host nation Cote d’Ivoire in the final on Sunday, February 11, Nigeria has gone up 14 places in the latest ranking.

They moved from 42nd to 28th best team in the world, which is the country's highest placement since May 2013, when the Eagles were ranked also 28th.

The Eagles also moved from the sixth position at the beginning of AFCON to third right now in Africa.

Points are awarded according to the outcomes of all FIFA-recognised full international matches in a points system by the global football body.

Other African countries to experience a huge boost in their rankings globally, are eventual AFCON 2023 winners Ivory Coast who moved ten places from 49th in the world to 39th place.

Angola whom the Super Eagles defeated in the quarter finals, are the biggest climbers by ranks globally, rising up 24 places and are 93rd in the world.

Other impressive performers from Africa are Equatorial Guinea moving up nine places to 79th, South Africa who clinched the bronze medal at the concluded AFCON are boosted up eight slots to 58th, Cape Verde, moving up eight places to 65th, Namibia moving up eight places also to 107th, and finally Mali climbing up four places to 47th in the world respectively.

Only Morocco, who are the highest ranked country on the continent, and Senegal (second position) are ahead of Nigeria, despite their disappointing outing at the AFCON tournament.

Egypt and Ivory Coast completes the top five teams in Africa.

Meanwhile, Argentina remained number one in the world while France and Brazil maintained second and third spots, respectively. England and Belgium took the fourth and fifth positions in the ranking.

The next FIFA world ranking will be released on April 4, 2024.

Here are the Top-10 ranked national teams in the World:
  1. Argentina 
  2. France
  3. England 
  4. Belgium 
  5. Brazil
  6. Netherlands 
  7. Portugal 
  8. Spain 
  9. Italy
  10. Croatia 

The following are the top 20 African men’s national football teams and their positions in the world .

1. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco: First in Africa, 12th in the world.

2. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Senegal: Second in Africa, 17th in the world.

3. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Nigeria: Third in Africa, 28th in the world.

4. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt: Fourth in Africa, 36th in the world.

5. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Cote d’Ivoire: Fifth in Africa, 39th in the world

6. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ Tunisia: Sixth in Africa, 41st in the world.

7. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Algeria: Seventh in Africa, 43rd in the world.

8. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali: Eight in Africa, 47th in the world.

9. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Cameroon: Ninth in Africa, 51st in the world.

10. ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa: 10th in Africa, 58th in the world.

11. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso: 11th in Africa, 61st in the world.

12. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ DR Congo: 12th in Africa, 63rd in the world.

13. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป Cape Verde: 13th in Africa, 65th in the world.

14. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ Ghana: 14th in Africa, 67th in the world.

15. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณ Guinea: 15th in Africa, 76th in the world.

16. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ถ Equatorial Guinea: 16th in Africa, 79th in the world.

17. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Gabon: 17th in Africa, 84th in the world.

18. ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Zambia: 18th in Africa, 87th in the world.

19. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Uganda: 19th in Africa, 92nd in the world.

20. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ด Angola: 20th in Africa, 93rd in the world.

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