Nigeria’s Super Eagles has ended the year, 2021 on the FIFA ranking on the same position it started the year with – 36th place
The latest FIFA Ranking released on December 23 showed that the Nigerian senior national male team, which played 11 matches in 2021; won six, drew two, and lost three, were in the same position it started the year at.
The Super Eagles achieved its best ranking of 32 in April when it moved to third place in Africa while Senegal maintained their top spot in Africa throughout the year. Tunisia were consistent in second place until November when they fell to third and to fourth in the December 23 ranking. The Eagles had a points total of 1474 in February and ended the year with 1478.78 points.
FIFA, in its statement, said the Covid-19 pandemic reduced the number of international matches to a record low, falling only behind the number for 1987.
“Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, only 352 full internationals were played in 2020. Not since 1987 (323 matches) had so few games been played in a calendar year. By contrast, planet football made up for the lost time in 2021 with a record-breaking 1116 matches played.
“And while the quantity of games changed radically from one year to the next, the top-ranked team in the FIFA/ Coca-Cola World Ranking has remained the same! For the fourth year in a row, Belgium (1st) ends the calendar year in pole position, albeit only just ahead of Brazil (2nd) by 2.1 points. France (3rd) complete the podium for 2021.
“For their part, Canada (40th) are the year’s ‘Most Improved Side’ having picked up no fewer than 130.32 points over the last 12 months. Their journey to the semi-finals of the 2021 Gold Cup as well as impressive results in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying have been major factors in their rise.”