The Super Eagles free fall on the monthly FIFA rankings continued yet again in the March edition released on Wednesday as the National team dropped one step from its previously occupied 56th spot in the world to now occupy the 57th spot.
Nigeria started the year in the 46th spot and the target of the Nigeria Football Federation is to see the Eagles soar on the ladder and possibly be at least within the top 10 teams in the world in the shortest possible time.
With that dream still being elusive, the latest slide means Nigeria is now ranked 9th in Africa a situation that sees countries like Libya, who is just coming out of a war situation, and Gabon better placed than the Super Eagles.
The Eagles had engaged the Lone Stars of Liberia in a friendly match as well as tackled the Amavubis of Rwanda in an African Nations Cup qualifying match in the period under review.
While the Home Eagles recorded a 2-0 win in the Liberia match which would only pass for a grade B friendly, the Nigerian team was lucky to escape with a scoreless draw in Kigail.
But while the woes of the Eagles continue, the biggest climbers in the month’s rankings all came from Africa, with the victors of 13 matches in the second round of CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2013 qualifying all securing the most points, and Congo (101st, up 29), Chad (112th, up 29) and São Tomé e Príncipe (115th, up 53) in particular all causing a stir.
Spain still on top World and European champion, Spain, remained at the top of FIFA’s monthly world rankings while the Netherlands who beat England 3-2 in an exhibition last week retook the No. 2 spot from Germany, which lost 2-1 to France.
Uruguay is at No. 4, followed by 2014 World Cup host Brazil, which rose two places after beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1. England and Portugal each fell one place to sixth and seventh, respectively.
Argentina climbed three places to No. 8, and Italy and Croatia completed the top 10.
Ivory Coast is the highest-ranked African team at No. 15. African Cup of Nations champion Zambia rose two more places to No. 41.