Nigeria sink deeper as Morocco jump to 11th in FiFa rankings

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Super Eagles have dropped two steps in the Fifa ranking

Even as Nigeria sank deeper in the FIFA ranking, dropping from  32 in October to 35 in the latest ranking released on Thursday, World Cup winners Argentina have risen to second position.

Morocco who had a fairy tale run at Qatar 2022 are now the highest ranked African team, upstaging Senegal. Overall, Morocco moved to 11th position from 22nd ranked in October.

The Atlas Lions were eliminated by France 2-0 in the semi-finals before losing 2-1 to Croatia in the play-off, ending their journey with a memorable fourth place as the first African side to reach the last four.

Morocco are ahead of Senegal (19th), Tunisia (30th), Cameroon (33rd) and Nigeria (35th).

Qatar 2022 quarter-finalists, Brazil are still atop. Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who lifted the trophy in Qatar on Sunday, move up one place, as do runners-up France, who are now third, with Belgium dropping to fourth.

Last weekend’s final was decided on penalties and if one side had won the match after 90 minutes then, according to Fifa regulations, they would have gone above Brazil.

Croatia moved from 12th to seventh after finishing third, with fourth-placed Morocco now 11th as the highest-positioned African nation.

England (fifth), Netherlands (sixth), Italy (eighth), Portugal (ninth) and Spain round off the top 10 sides.

Japan are the best-ranked among Asian teams at 20th, in front of Iran (24th), South Korea (25th), Australia (27th), Saudi Arabia (49th) and Qatar (60th).

Singapore remained at 160th spot – the Lions are behind Asean neighbours Vietnam (96th), Thailand (111th), Philippines (134th), Malaysia (145th), Indonesia (151st) and Myanmar (159th). (Sportsvillagesquare)

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