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Nigeria's 50th position ridiculous, says Onazi — FIFA Rankings

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Garry Little | 25 November, 2017, 00:59

Having leaped from 44th to 41st spot in the rankings last month, a similar or greater leap was expected for the Nigerian team as they recently drew 1-1 at Algeria in a World Cup qualifier and defeated two-time World Cup winners, Argentina 4-2 in an worldwide friendly. They beat South American giants Argentina 4-2 in a friendly clash in Krasnodar, Russia, on November 14.

According to Fifa, Nigeria amassed 671 ranking points in November, a 50-point drop from the 721 points attained in October.

Senegal moved up nine to be Africa's best at No. 23.

If Fifa went on rankings then Chile would get the nod, now ranked 10th in the latest World rankings.

DR Congo with 764 points and 36th position in the world are fourth.

Federation Internationale de Football Association rules also state the maximum number of European nations that can enter a World Cup is 13 (excluding host nation), which Russia 2018 already has - potentially ruling out giants Italy and the Netherlands. The Moroccans climbed eight places to be ranked 40th in the world. They are seventh in Africa.

Reigning World Cup champions Germany continue to top the rankings, European champions Portugal are in third with a resurgent Brazil between them in second. With Fifa making it clear that it is against state involvement in football, the report suggests that the Peruvian team could be excluded from the World Cup as a result. Spain moved up two spots to No. 6, followed by Poland, Switzerland, France and Chile.

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