Missing out from the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea dealt a great blow on Nigeria’s standing in the monthly FIFA rankings released on Wednesday in Zurich
The Super Eagles nosedived from its former 45th position to now occupy the 56th spot in the world.
With the slide Nigeria is now ranked 8th in Africa, the lowest in recent times.
In a telephone chat with Premium Times Sports on the latest rankings, former international Henry Nwosu says he is indifferent about the positioning of the Eagles.
According to Nwosu, since he is aware of the great progress being made my new gaffer of the national team Coach stephen Keshi, FIFA can go on to rank Nigeria even in the 100th position
“I care less about FIFA rankings, the question I ask myself is that is there improvement in the national team since Keshi arrived once my answer is yes, then am fine” Nwosu enthused.
Expectedly, New African Kings, Zambia soared in the latest rankings while Germany climbed to second behind World Cup winner and European champion Spain.
Rises and falls
Zambia rises 28 places to No. 43, becoming the continent’s fourth-ranked nation
Ivory Coast, which lost Sunday’s final in a penalty shootout, is the highest African nation at No. 15.
Co-host nations Gabon and Equatorial Guinea both were rewarded for reaching the quarterfinals. Gabon rose 46 places to No. 45, and Equatorial Guinea is at No. 110, up 41 places.
Libya is now at its highest position since FIFA created the rankings in 1993. It rose 10 spots to No. 53.
Egypt plummeted 25 places to No. 61 in the rankings,
Former World Cup quarterfinalist Senegal also dropped 25 places, to No. 68, after losing all three of its African Cup matches in the group containing Zambia.
Germany moved up one place to reach its highest ranking since May 2009. The
Others in the top ten are Netherlands in third place, South American champion Uruguay is fourth, followed by England. Portugal rises to No. 6, dropping Brazil to seventh, and No. 8 Italy and ninth-ranked Croatia also traded places.
Denmark completes the rooster of top 10 teams in the world.
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