Nigeria now 48th in FIFA World ranking

Ruben Hill
September 21, 2018

O'Neill's men had been sitting in 29th but after a hard worldwide break, they fall one place down to 30th, two places below Northern Ireland who also dropped a place to 28th.

Russia, 2018 semi-finalists Belgium and reigning World Champions, France are joint leaders in the rankings, the first time the top spot is being shared in the table's 25-year history.

With 1,425 points, the Atlas Lions rank fourth in Africa behind Tunisia (23), Senegal (25), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (40).

It's a far cry from the glory days when Bafana cracked the top 20 in the rankings (at 19th) after winning the 1996 African Cup of Nations. As a result of that defeat to Kenya, the Black Stars join Slovenia (61st, down 6), as the biggest fallers of the month.

Roberto Martinez's Belgium collected two wins, including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland earlier this month, to bring them level with France on 1729 points.

Click through the gallery above to see the top 10 ranked national teams, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

2014 World Cup winners Germany have jumped up three places to 12th, while Argentina remain outside of the top 10 in 11th place.

The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on October 25.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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