Nigeria’s World Cup opponents rise in ranking as Super Eagles slump

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

The bad start to the World Cup qualification campaign by the Super Eagles has manifested in the latest FIFA ranking released this Thursday.

Expectedly, Nigeria slumped globally, falling two steps down to 42 from last month’s 40th position. The results in the two World Cup qualifying matches against Lesotho and Zimbabwe may have been contributory factors.

Paradoxically, Lesotho who were forced to a 1-1 draw by Nigeria in Uyo, climbed up from 153 in October to 148 in November.

Similarly, Zimbabwe which the Super Eagles laboured to force a 1-1 draw also rose from 125 to 124. Rwanda, the surprise team in Nigeria’s Group C rose from 140 to 133, courtesy of their impressive 2-0 defeat of South Africa who slumped from 64 to 66.

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