he Super Eagles have dropped nine places from 41st spot to the 50th position in the world in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday by the world football governing.
This development is quite surprising for many going by the performance of the Nigeria national team in the period under review.
The Eagles secured a well-celebrated victory over Argentina in an international friendly as well as the 1-1 draw played out against Algeria in the final game of the World Cup qualifying series.
While it was all gloom for Nigeria in the November FIFA rankings, it is a completely different ball game for the Teranga Lions of Senegal who have now risen to be the highest ranked African team in the world.
The World-Cup bound Senegal team have risen to 23rd – their highest-ever position on the global ladder – on the back of securing a first World Cup place since 2002.
They are now the top-ranked African nation, having leapfrogged fellow Russia 2018 qualifiers Tunisia (27th, up 1) and Egypt (31st, down 1).
Argentina, who were thumped 4-2 by Nigeria, are still the number four team in the world while Germany, Brazil, and Portugal are the world’s top three teams.