FIFA has announce the men’s national team rankings for the month of April on Thursday as Nigeria, Cameroon and Mali dropped in the latest rankings due to their performance in last month’s AFCON qualifiers.
The last ranking for men was on December 22, 2022 with the Eagles finishing the year in 35th position after losing one step.
In April ranking Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped five places to 40th in the latest FIFA rankings after their results against Guinea-Bissau in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Cameroon dropped nine places to 42nd after their performance against Namibia which saw the Indomitable lions drawing in Yaounde and losing in Soweto, South Africa.
The Black Stars of Ghana are ranked 60th in the world and 11th in Africa, Cameroon are ranked 42nd and seventh in Africa while, Morocco are number one in Africa and now the 11th best team in the world.
Behind Morocco are Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria.
The biggest climber of all were Central African Republic, which enjoyed a double-digit rise (10 places) on the back of successive wins that have left it well placed to qualify for a first-ever AFCON appearance, outperforming other notable movers such as Namibia (106th, plus 7), Malaysia (138th, plus 7) and The Gambia (120th, plus 6)
However, Argentina has climbed to the top of the FIFA ranking for the first time in over six years. followed by France, Brazil, Belgium, England, Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, making the top 10.
Others that made the list from 11-20 positions are Morocco, Switzerland, USA, Germany, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, Senegal, Denmark and Japan.
Top 10 African Team’s.
- Morocco (11)
- Senegal (18
- Tunisia (28)
- Algeria (34)
- Egypt (35)
- Nigeria (40)
- Cameroon (42)
- Ivory Coast (45)
- Burkina Faso (50)
- Mali (53).
World Top 10.
The new version (of ranking) developed by FIFA named “SUM” 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 FIFA rankings.