Reigning African champions, Nigeria's Super Eagles have slumped from their previous 31st place standing to 37th in the latest FIFA monthly ranking released today by the world governing body.
The country had been placed 31st in the world since the World Cup in Brazil, but lost 4 points due to the poor run in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers, which had seen the country embarrassingly lose to Congo in Calabar and tie 0-0 in Cape Town to South Africa.
They are now 6th in Africa, behind Algeria (20), Cote D’ Ivoire (22), Tunisia (31), Ghana (33), and Senegal (36).
Nigeria’s Group A opponents in the qualifiers, South Africa, moved up two places from a previous 69 to 67, Congo holds spot number 48, and Sudan is ranked 133 in the world.
Overall, Germany remains the highest-ranked team in the world, ahead of Argentina and Holland. Former world champions Spain slumped to 8th place, while France are in 9th.