The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped one place to 49 in the latest FIFA ranking, following their group stage exit at the World Cup in Russia, AOIFootball.com reports.
The Eagles, who were ranked 48th going into the World Cup, however, remained 7th on the continent behind African champions Cameroon who claimed above Nigeria to sixth place on the continent.
Despite failing to win a single game at the World Cup, Tunisia remains Africa’s best-ranked team in 24th place, same with Senegal who are also 24th in the world while Congo DR, Ghana and Morocco complete the top five ranked countries on the continent.
World champions France moved to the top of the rankings following their World Cup triumph, with Belgium, Brazil, Croatia and Uruguay occupying the other top five positions.
A new formula was used for the rankings following approval from the FIFA Council in June after a lengthy period of testing which relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the Ranking.