Super Eagles static on FIFA ranking

Super Eagles

Former African champions, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, remained static in the World football governing body, FIFA, monthly ranking.
The Nigerian side retained her 31st spot in the world and placed third on the continent behind Senegal and Tunisia.
Nigeria will aim to improve her ranking when hostilities resume in the AFCON 2021 and Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
In the World Cup qualifiers, Nigeria was drawn against Liberia, Central African Republic and Cape Verde, while they have Benin Republic, Lesotho and Sierra Leone to contend with for the AFCON 2021 ticket.
Meanwhile, there is little movement in the first FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 2020 with few matches having been played on the international front so far this year,
Indeed, with just 15 friendlies taking place since the last Ranking update in December – including two games in late 2019 – the top 20 remain unchanged, with Belgium, France and Brazil still making up the top three.
Some minor movement in the top 50 sees Wales (23rd, down 1) and Paraguay (41st, down 1) each fall down a spot, while Ghana (46th, up 1) rise ever so slightly.
Palestine (103rd, up 3) are the first biggest climbers of 2020. The AFC side’s success in January’s Bangabandhu Cup sees them leapfrog Estonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mozambique and Kenya as they secured the biggest move by points and rank.
Beaten Bangabandhu Cup finalists Burundi (149, up 2), who like Palestine contested four matches in January, move into the top 150.
Elsewhere, Aruba (200, up 1) and Pakistan (200, up 1) managed to improve on their respective positions amidst a rather quiet month in international football.
The next FIFA World Ranking is slated for April 9 this year.