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Nigeria Ranked 44th In The World & 4th In African In Latest FIFA Rankings

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Nigeria retained its 44th place in the latest FIFA Rankings released on Thursday as well as the fourth place on the African ranking.

Belgium will end the year as No. 1 ahead of world champions France in the global rankings released by FIFA on Thursday .

Belgium, beaten by France in the World Cup semi- finals, edge Didier Deschamps ’ team by one ranking point .

Belgium have 1, 727 points by FIFA’ s
calculations to 1, 726 for France. Brazil are third on 1,676. FIFA noted on their web site that France, who were ranked No. 9 last Christmas , were the year’ s “ Best Mover ” after a “ stellar 2018 …having gained more points (165 ) since December 2017 than any other nation.”

The governing body of world football also noted that Europe and Asia have gained top – 50 places at the expense of Africa.
Europe has 31 , an increase of two, Asia is up one to three and Africa is down three to five top- 50 representatives. Kosovo were the biggest climbers, jumping 46 places to 131 .

FIFA rankings , December 20 :
1 . Belgium

2 . France

3 . Brazil ,

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4 . Croatia,

5 . England ,

6 . Portugal,

7 . Uruguay ,

8 . Switzerland,

9 . Spain,

10 . Denmark .

The African ranking shows
Senegal (23 ),
Tunisia (26 ),
Morocco (40 )Nigeria (44)
Congo Dr

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