The Super Eagles of Nigeria have droped one spot in the latest FIFA Coca Cola world ranking released today.
The Nigeria national team were not involved in the just concluded CHAN tournament and it has led to the fall of the Eagles.
The first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2021, a total of 43 full internationals (including one played in December 2020) were taken into account.
In the standings, CHAN winners Morocco (33rd, +2), and runners-up Mali (54th, +3) have made the most progress. Third-placed Guinea (72nd, +1) and quarter-finalists Congo (90th, +1) have also advanced.
The three time AFCON winners have a total of 1474 points making them the fifth-best team on the continent behind Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.
The Super Eagles last engagement was the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers double header against Sierra Leone in November 2020 which ended 4-4 and 0-0 respectively.
The Lions of Teranga are ranked first on the continent and 20th in the world with 1558 points, while the Carthage Eagles are 26th in the world and second in Africa after amassing 1503 points.
Other teams that moved northward include Costa Rica (50th, + 1), Cape Verde (80th, + 1), Oman (81st, + 1), Benin (82nd, + 1), Azerbaijan (108th, + 1), Estonia (108th, + 1), Thailand (110th, + 1), Guinea-Bissau (119th, + 1), Tajikistan (120th, + 1) and Guatemala (130th, + 1).
The top five in the world remain unchanged wjth Belgium sitting at the global summit with 1780 points. France (2nd), Brazil (3rd) and England (4th).
The next Fifa/Coca-Cola World Rankings will be published on 8 April 2021. Before then, the three-time African champions would have taken on Benin Republic and Lesotho in March’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March.