From Ogundele Olanrewaju
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped to 46th in the world in the latest women’s ranking released by FIFA, National daily news.com.ng reports.
Nigeria finished fourth at the recently concluded Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) held in Morocco.
In the August 2022 ranking, Randy Waldrum girls dropped 7 places to 46th but remained number 1 in Africa.
Nigeria recorded the most points drop than any other nation: -69.33, making a move from 39 to 46, going below the likes of Chinese Taipei (38), Romania (40), Thailand (41), Jamaica (42) and Slovenia (45).
Elsewhere, New WAFCON champions Banyana Banyana of South Africa moved up from 58th spot to 54th and are now second on the continent.
Hosts and runners-up at the last WAFCON Morocco climbed to 76th while bronze medalist Zambia now occupy 80th.
Cameroon themselves dropped from 54 to 59. The Indomitable Lionesses finished in the quarter-finals in the women’s showpiece event in July.
Ghana (60), Cote d’Ivoire (64), Equatorial Guinea (73), Morocco (76), Tunisia (78), Algeria (79) and Zambia (80), are the teams that complete Africa’s top 10.
However, the United States of America Women national team remained the best in the world followed by European Women Cup runners-up, Germany and Sweden in that order.
New European champions, England occupied the fourth position after rising four places from previous ranking. The Netherlands, Canada, Spain, Brazil and North Korea make up the the World top ten.