For the first time in seven years, the Super Eagles have moved up to the top 30 of countries in world football. In the FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings released on Thursday, September 17, 2020, Nigeria moved up from 31st to 29th position in the global football log. The last time the Super Eagles made the top 30 in football was in May 2013. Despite being out of action for the past six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the three-time African champions were favoured in Thursday’s rankings with a total of 1493 points garnered as Nigeria placed third in Africa, only behind 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Silver medalists, Senegal, who sit as number one on the continent with 1555 points, and Tunisia who are second in Africa with 1506 points.
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The return of the 54 UEFA Nations League Games in September proved to be an advantage for European nations. Though the top quartet in world football remained unmoved (Belgium, France, Brazil, and England), Portugal moved two places up to 5th place in the world rankings due to victories over Croatia and Sweden. Spain also gained from the Nations League as they moved one place up to 7th in the rankings, Italy moved one place up to 12th, while the Netherlands and Germany also moved one places up to 13th and 14th respectively in the rankings.
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Hopefully, the October rankings will be favourable for the Super Eagles as the Nigeria Football Federation have lined up two quality African sides for friendlies (Ivory Coast on October 9 and Tunisia on October 13) as the 2019 AFCON bronze medalists return to action.
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