Despite victory against Argentina, Nigeria drops 9 places in Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking

Delia Watkins
November 25, 2017

Super Eagles defender Elderson Echiejile has said that the team will be ready to face whichever group opponents, the FIFA World Cup Draw scheduled for December 1 will throw up.

Peru, who last played at the World Cup in 1982, became the final side to seal their spot when they beat New Zealand 2-0 over a two-legged play-off.

However, despite beating Argentina 4-2 in a high-grade worldwide friendly earlier this month, they are now eighth on the continent.

Senegal's two victories over South Africa for instance, earned them over 1600 points compared to the combined 862.52 points Nigeria earned from the draw over Algeria and victory over Argentina. Egypt, who were second in October, are now third on the continent.

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The latest rankings, which was published on FIFA's official website, sees the Eagles assume 50th position in the world and 8th in Africa.

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association, 32nd is in fact Ireland's average position since rankings began, so O'Neill can make the case that, even if they aren't going to Russia, Ireland are right where they are supposed to be. The Moroccans climbed eight places to be ranked 40th in the world. African champions Cameroon dropped three places to the 45th position.

Germany remain number one in the world, with the top five remaining unchanged.

The NFF have also agreed other payments and benefits to the team to avoid a pay row that marred Nigeria's participation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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