After Finishing Fourth in 2022 AWCON Tourney, Super Falcons Suffer Biggest Drop in Latest FIFA Ranking

After Finishing Fourth in 2022 AWCON Tourney, Super Falcons Suffer Biggest Drop in Latest FIFA Ranking

  • Super Falcons of Nigeria performed below expectations at the recently concluded AWCON tournament
  • They finished fourth at the tournament hosted by Morocco after losing to Zambia in the 3rd place game
  • The Nigerian team have dropped in the latest FIFA ranking, slipping from 39th position to 46th

After failing to win the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, the Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped in the latest FIFA rankings.

It was their biggest ever drop by points losing 69.33 points, to slip from 39th position in the world to 46th.

Randy Waldrum’s ladies remain first in Africa despite losing to the Copper Queens of Zambia in the third place match at the recently concluded AWCON tournament in Morocco.

Super Falcons of Nigeria, FIFA Rankings
Super Falcons of Nigeria are now 46th in the world. Photo: Zhizhao Wu
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They had a poor tournament in the North African country as they played six matches and won just three, a far cry from their previous outings.

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They could not also make a podium appearance. Their conquerors in the bronze medal match, Zambia are adjudged to have both the biggest move by points and also by rank when they moved 23 places up the ladder to 80th position

Winners of WAFCON, South Africa also have an impressive move from 58th in the world to 54th.

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Meanwhile, the goalkeeper of the Zambian women’s national team, Hazel Nali, remembers her roots as she bought new football boots for her former teammates at Nchanga Queens FC in Zambia.

Eight years after leaving the club based in the northeastern areas of Chingola in Chingola District of Copperbelt Province, Nali deemed it fit to reunite with her former teammates.

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Hazel, who now plays for Turkish women’s super league side Fatih Vatan Spor, was key in the Copper Queens squad that qualified for the Olympics and FIFA World Cup for the first time ever in Zambia’s football history.

They also won bronze at the recently concluded AWCON.

Sports Brief earlier reported that Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch of Morocco spoke with each member of the country’s women's national football team following their achievement at the just concluded 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Rabat.

It was the first time the Atlas Lionesses reached the final of the tournament, but they lost to South Africa in the final.

Banyana Banyana defeated Morocco 2-1 in the final of the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations that was held in front of a full house at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.