Nigeria finish 2016 in Africa top-10 despite AFCON disaster

Nigeria finish 2016 in Africa top-10 despite AFCON disaster
Nigerian Players celebrating their goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Nigeria vs Algeria on November, 12th 2016 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium ©Kabiru Abubakar//Backpagepix

by BackPageTXT

Thursday Dec 22, 2016. 19:53

Nigeria have finished the outgoing year among the top 10 teams in Africa even after they failed to qualify for a second straight AFCON.

The latest FIFA Rankings show that Nigeria are now eighth in Africa and 61st in the world, a spot below what they achieved in November.

However, the Super Eagles World Cup rivals Algeria remain ahead of Nigeria as they are fifth best team in Africa.

Senegal are the best ranked team in Africa with Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Egypt in the top 5.

Nigeria’s FIFA ratings are expected to take a huge bashing after the 2017 AFCON in Gabon as they will not be busy there having not qualified for the competition.

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