Nigeria Remain Static In Latest FIFA Ranking Ahead Of AFCON 2023 Draw

Nigeria Remain Static In Latest FIFA Ranking Ahead Of AFCON 2023 Draw

Raphael Abiola
September 21, 2023 at 11:43 AM
  • Nigeria have failed to move up on the latest FIFA football rankings
  • A 6-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe did not seem to affect things
  • This has dealt Nigeria a major blow ahead of the 2023 AFCON draw

The senior national team of Nigeria has failed to move up or down in the latest FIFA ranking ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations draw.

The Super Eagles' latest 6-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe could not help them move up on the international football body's official list.

Nigeria is among the 24 teams that qualified for 2023 AFCON which will be held next year in Ivory Coast.

Super Eagles
The Super Eagles of Nigeria posed for a team photo during their friendly match against Portugal. Photo: Carlos Rodrigues.
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The three-time African champions have been ranked the sixth-best team from the continent and 39th in the world, according to Sports Village Square.

Nigeria's latest ranking will affect them in the 2023 AFCON draw, scheduled for October 12.

Africa's football governing body, CAF has decided to use the latest FIFA ranking to determine the top seeds of each six groups at the tournament.

The Super Eagles being sixth in Africa means they are not seeded, as the host nation will take their spot and the top-ranked teams from positions 1 to 5 are all in contention.

Ivory Coast currently occupies the ninth position in Africa and 52nd place in the world. Morocco maintains the top spot, with Senegal placed in second, Tunisia in third, Algeria in fourth, and Egypt in fifth.

2022 FIFA World Cup winners, Argentina are still the number one team globally, with France coming second. Brazil are still ranked third, while England and Belgium are ranked fourth and fifth respectively.

Nigeria to face top teams in AFCON

Sports Brief also reported on Nigeria now facing top African sides in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which will be hosted by Ivory Coast next year.

The draw for the group stage of the competition is yet to happen but the Super Eagles have been affected by the latest rankings released by FIFA.

As a result, Nigeria will face one of Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, or Egypt - and possibly Ivory Coast in the competition's group stage round.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.
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