Nigeria drops in FIFA ranking

Nigeria’s ratings in world women’s football suffered a blow in the latest FIFA Women’s World Ranking.

The Super Falcons fell by three spots from 36 to 39 in the world. They however remain the top team on the continent and the only African team in the world top 40.

Nigeria has failed to win a game in the three months since FIFA published the women’s ranking. Aside from failing to win, the African champions could not qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

On the Continent, Cameroon are second followed by South Africa, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire completes the top five.

Cameroon also surprisingly dropped three spots to 49th position despite defeating giant Nigeria beaters Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 to reach the final qualifying stage for the Olympic Games in November.

South Africa remained stagnant in 55th position despite losing 2-0 to Japan in a November friendly, while the Ivorians moved up six places to 63rd in the world.

Elsewhere, Kenya were one of the biggest movers following a Cecafa Women’s Cup triumph, climbing up 10 spots to 133rd place, along with Uganda (seven places up) to 142nd, Tanzania (two places up) to 144th

Meanwhile, World Champions USA hold on to the top spot with Germany, Netherlands, France and Sweden making up the World’s top Five Women’s football senior national teams.

It is the year-ending FIFA ranking for Women’s senior national football team, and the next will be published on 27 March 2020.