Poor outing, Super Falcons slump in FIFA world ranking

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have recorded their poorest ranking on 46th place in the ranking released by the world football governing body (FIFA) on Friday, August 5, 2022.

The ninth-time champion of the African continental tourney, fell seven places below their previous following the poor outing in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

In the WAFCON 22, Nigeria lost their opening group C game against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa, the eventual winners of the tournament.

Despite the loss, the 2018 winners of the event qualified to play Cameroon in the quarter-final after they defeated Burundi and Botswana to join South Africa as the only two countries to emerge from group C.

They eventually defeated the Lionesses of Cameroon but were stopped by host Morocco on their quest for the tenth WAFCON triumph to compete for third place.

However, and most unfortunate, the Shepolopolo of Zambia shocked the Super Falcons to exacerbate the pains of the Nigerian people with a 1-0 victory to secure the third place position.

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FIFA, which draws its data from continental events to rank national teams, saw South Africa move four places to 54th position while third place Zambia is ranked 80 after moving 23 places as ‘the most improved side’ in the 12th WAFCON event.

The world governing body disclosed that Nigeria registered the biggest decline in terms of points having lost 69.33 points to wallow in the new world ranking.

Meanwhile, the United States of America, champions of the women’s Concacaf championship retained the top spot in the world ranking followed by the runners-up in the Euro women 2022 event, Germany.

Semi-finalist in the Euro women 2022, Sweden, fell by one place to third spot trailing Germany with the Euro women champions England moving four places to emerge fourth.

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