Nigeria FIFA Rankings: Super Eagles’ Position in 2023

Nigeria FIFA Rankings: Super Eagles’ Position in 2023
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The FIFA world rankings are the highest and the most effective medium for ranking the quality of national teams on the planet. Positive performances in competitive matches and tournaments mean you get a higher ranking, while a bad run will see your rankings plummet.

The Nigeria national football team has been in and around the top quarter of the FIFA rankings over the years with the Super Eagles possessing a reputation of being one of the better Countries on the planet.

Nigeria FIFA Rankings: What is the Super Eagles' highest ever rank?

The Nigeria Super Eagles have ranked as high as fifth on the FIFA rankings.

It was a team that featured great players like Peter Rufai, Victor Ikpeba, Jay Jay Okocha, former Super Eagles coaches, Augustine Eguavoen, Sunday Oliseh, and the late, great Stephen Keshi.

What is Nigeria’s lowest ever FIFA rank?

The Nigeria national football team earned an all time low ranking of 82nd best nation in the world in 1999.

What is Nigeria’s current FIFA rank?

At this very moment, the Super Eagles are ranked 40th in the World according to FIFA’s official ranking as of 6th of April 2023. In the CAF region, they are the sixth best nation on the continent.

Their most recent ranking has seen them drop off by five places compared to the last time the world rankings were updated after the FIFA World Cup in December 2022.

One of the major reasons for the consistent dropoff in rank is their inability to qualify for the World Cup. As at March 2022 last year, just days after Nigeria fell to Ghana and failed to qualify for the World Cup, they were ranked 30th in the world. Between then and now, they have dropped 10 places, with the likes of Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria overtaking them. 

Right now, the immediate goal of the Nigeria Super Eagles is to qualify for AFCON 2023 which starts next January and ends in February. Right now, they sit at the top of group A with 9 points. They are two points clear of Guinea-Bissau who are second.

There are two more AFCON 2023 qualifiers fixtures left to play with the Super Eagles requiring only one win to make the showpiece event next year. It currently looks unlikely but failure to qualify for this tournament will lead to a further drop in their FIFA ranking. 

Qualification for the 2023 Africa Cup Of Nations should have a positive effect on their ranking as they will gain points for participating in a major tournament. The last time they were in this competition, they cleared through the group stages with ease but suffered a collapse against Tunisia in the last 16 and crashed out of the tournament prematurely. 

The key will be to avoid mistakes in the tournament and win their first African title since 2013. A tournament win for Nigeria will surely shoot their world ranking up and could see them become the highest ranked African country on the planet.

The FIFA world rankings are the highest and the most effective medium for ranking the quality of national teams on the planet. Positive performances in competitive matches and tournaments mean you get a higher ranking, while a bad run will see your rankings plummet.

The Nigeria national football team has been in and around the top quarter of the FIFA rankings over the years with the Super Eagles possessing a reputation of being one of the better Countries on the planet.

What is Nigeria’s highest ever FIFA rank?

The Nigeria Super Eagles have ranked as high as fifth on the FIFA rankings. It was a team that featured great players like Peter Rufai, Victor Ikpeba, Jay Jay Okocha, former Super Eagles coaches, Augustine Eguavoen, Sunday Oliseh, and the late, great Stephen Keshi.

What is Nigeria’s lowest ever FIFA rank?

The Nigeria national football team earned an all time low ranking of 82nd best nation in the world in 1999.

What is Nigeria’s current FIFA rank?

At this very moment, the Super Eagles are ranked 40th in the World according to FIFA’s official ranking as of 6th of April 2023. In the CAF region, they are the sixth best nation on the continent.

Their most recent ranking has seen them drop off by five places compared to the last time the world rankings were updated after the FIFA World Cup in December 2022.

One of the major reasons for the consistent dropoff in rank is their inability to qualify for the World Cup. As at March 2022 last year, just days after Nigeria fell to Ghana and failed to qualify for the World Cup, they were ranked 30th in the world. Between then and now, they have dropped 10 places, with the likes of Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria overtaking them. 

Right now, the immediate goal of the Nigeria Super Eagles is to qualify for AFCON 2023 which starts next January and ends in February. Right now, they sit at the top of group A with 9 points. They are two points clear of Guinea-Bissau who are second.

There are two more AFCON 2023 qualifiers fixtures left to play with the Super Eagles requiring only one win to make the showpiece event next year. It currently looks unlikely but failure to qualify for this tournament will lead to a further drop in their FIFA ranking. 

Qualification for the 2023 Africa Cup Of Nations should have a positive effect on their ranking as they will gain points for participating in a major tournament. The last time they were in this competition, they cleared through the group stages with ease but suffered a collapse against Tunisia in the last 16 and crashed out of the tournament prematurely. 

The key will be to avoid mistakes in the tournament and win their first African title since 2013. A tournament win for Nigeria will surely shoot their world ranking up and could see them become the highest ranked African country on the planet.

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

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