FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th

September 17, 2020
31 Views

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up by two spots in FIFA’s ranking for September to place 29th after more than six months of disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the ranking placed on the world football governing body’s website on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1493 points during the period under review without playing any match.

The movement also placed Nigeria as the third in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who garnered 1555 and 1506 points respectively.

On the global scene, with the exception of Uzbekistan’s 2-1 friendly victory over Tajikistan, the countries back in action have all been European.

The successful staging of these games was nonetheless encouraging for teams from other confederations as they seek to resume international fixtures in the weeks ahead.

ALSO READ: Flood wreaks havoc in Kwara communities

The 54 UEFA Nations League games which took place across Europe at the beginning of September had an immediate impact on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, which had remained unchanged since April 9.

While there had been no movement among the leading quartet – in descending order: Belgium, France, Brazil and England – Portugal (5th, up 2) have moved into the top five.

This was as a result of victories over Croatia (8th, down 2) and Sweden (18th, down 1).

Other countries moving in the right direction are Spain (7th, up 1), Italy (12th, up 1), the Netherlands (13th, up 1), and Germany (14th, up 1).

Each of them gained one place respectively in the global classification.

Wales (21st, up 2) climbed two rungs but remain just outside the top 20.

Russia, hosts of the last FIFA World Cup, are further back in 32nd.

But they had the biggest gain in this edition, ascending six places courtesy of wins over Serbia (31st, down 2) and Hungary (52nd, unchanged).

In spite of not playing, Iran (30th, up 3) moved into the top 30 after Serbia and Turkey (32nd, down 3) dropped points.

(NAN)

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

You may be interested

18-year-old student of AAU allegedly kidnapped on her way to Kogi
Gossip
Gossip

18-year-old student of AAU allegedly kidnapped on her way to Kogi

admin - October 28, 2020

An 18-year-old student of Ambrose Alli University (AAU) was reportedly kidnapped on her way to Kogi state on Monday, October…

Back Page : Found Palliatives Should Be Distributed Fairly, Equitably
News
1 views
News
1 views

Back Page : Found Palliatives Should Be Distributed Fairly, Equitably

admin - October 28, 2020

A recent trend that has dominated social as well as the conventional media is the attack, ransacking and looting of…

Gossip
1 views

NSCDC dismisses officer caught with palliatives in Abuja (video)

admin - October 28, 2020

NSCDC has dismissed one of its officers, identified as Corps. Assistant Illiya Ibrahim of the Gwagwalada Division, Abuja for partaking…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.