Former African Champions, Super Eagles, have moved four places in the latest World football governing body monthly ranking for April.
With 1487.16 points, the Nigerian side are ranked 32rd in the world and third best team in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who are placed first and second on the continent.
Nigeria’s rise on the ranking log can be associated to their impressive run during the AFCON 2021 qualifiers where they finished tops in Group L.
Consequently, the Gernot Rohr’s team current ranking would also be crucial to their likely opponents in the final qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Nigeria will resume their World Cup qualification campaign when they host the Lone Star of Liberia next month.
Meanwhile, April’s FIFA World Ranking rings the changes for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the points total for each team is now calculated to two decimal places to enhance precision.
Consequently, in this latest edition, only two pairs of teams are tied: Cameroon and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 55th place on 1404.87 points; and Cabo Verde and the United Arab Emirates in joint 73rd on 1330.16 points.
Secondly, with no fewer than 185 games – predominantly qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2021 – played since the last edition in February, there has naturally been quite a lot of movement in April’s global standings.
While the order of the top six has not changed, with Belgium still dominating ahead of France and Brazil, seventh place is now filled by Italy (7, +3). Like Gli Azzurri, Denmark (10, +2) won their opening three qualifying games for Qatar 2022 and make a return to the top 10.
A little further down, Serbia (25, +5), Nigeria (32, +4), Scotland (44, +4) and Ghana (49, +3) all gained ground in the top 50, which Iceland slipped out of (52, -6).
However, to find the biggest mover this month, we need to look outside the top 100.
That distinction goes to Guinea-Bissau (108, +11), with Namibia (111, +10) almost matching them with a jump of ten places.
The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on May 27, 2021.