The Eagles could slide further in February
Mali and Cape Verde are now ranked above Nigeria in the monthly FIFA rankings as the Super Eagles dropped four places from 37th to 41st position in the January edition released on Thursday by the world football governing body.
The African Champions dropped in the ordering of African teams and are now seventh on the continent having dropped three places from the previously occupied fourth spot.
The ‘freefall’ for the Eagles started in November 2013 when they dropped from 33rdposition to 36th. They further went a step down to 37th spot in December before tumbling to 41st in the January rankings just released.
Aside Ivory Coast, Ghana and Algeria who were previously ranked above Nigeria, Mali in 40th position, Cape Verde 35th and Egypt in 30th have now all overtaken the Eagles in the year’s first edition of the monthly rankings.
Overall, there have been very few changes to the first edition of the rankings in 2014, with football having come to a halt in many places over the New Year period.
Only 18 friendly matches were considered since December’s edition, five of which took place in 2013, with the remaining 13 in the first half of January 2014.
There was no movement in the top 25, with Spain still holding a comfortable lead over Germany and Argentina.
More movement is to be expected in the February edition of the FIFA ranking, which will take into account all the results from the 16-team CAF African Nations Championship, underway in South Africa. The tournament is exclusive to players based in their home countries.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on February 13.