The Nigerian national football side dropped one place in the latest FIFA men’s rankings for the month of September after a rather disappointing loss to Algeria.
The Super Eagles side, who were ranked 30th in the world in the ranking released in August, dropped six points to take the 31st position.
Africa Today News, New York reports that the Eagles’ drop in the rankings was largely due to their 2-1 away defeat to Algeria in their international friendly played in the month under review.
Jose Peseiro’s men were conquered by the Desert Foxes in a friendly game at the Miloud Hadefi Olympic Complex, Oran, in September in what was their only game in the month.
However, the former African champions are still ranked 4th team in Africa, with Senegal also retaining their number one spot on the continent and 18th in the world. They are followed by second-place Morocco, who also moved one place in the world to 22nd.
Tunisia maintained its position as the third-best team in Africa and 30th in the world, while Algeria leapfrogged Egypt to complete the top five places in Africa while also moving three places in the world to the 37th position.
Meanwhile, Brazil remain the number one ranked side after winning their two matches in the month of September against Ghana and Tunisia in international friendlies.
Belgium are second, with Argentina occupying the third position. France and England maintained their positions to remain the fourth and fifth-best teams in the world.
Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, and Denmark complete the top 10.
In a related development, former Nigeria captain Mikel Obi says picking Chelsea over Manchester United in a highly controversial transfer in 2006 was the ‘best decision’ of his career.
Africa Today News, New York reports that the Nigerian midfielder, who retired last week at the age of 35, was the subject of a bitter dispute between the Red Devils and the Blues in 2005, before signing for the latter the following year.
His decision to move to London, having initially signed for the Manchester side from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo, ultimately proved rewarding.