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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria stay first in Africa, ahead of champions South Africa, despite poor WAFCON showing

The Super Falcons are the most successful team on the continent and the remain the leading light following the latest global ranking

Following the March rankings released by FIFA, Nigeria’s Super Falcons are still the number-one team in Africa.

The Falcons finished fourth – behind champions South Africa, Morocco, and Zambia – at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco, relinquishing the crown they won in 2018.

Despite that disappointing placing, Nigeria remains ahead of South Africa who are second on the continent with Cameroon, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire completing the top five.

Interestingly, Nigeria moved three spots up the global ranking to 42nd. That is 12 rungs above South Africa (54), Cameroon (56), Ghana (59) and Cote d’Ivoire (64).

The United States remain the top team in the world, followed by Germany while Sweden, England and France complete the top five.

Two of the Super Falcons’ group stage opponents at the FIFA Women’s World Cup are in the top ten with Canada sat in sixth while co-hosts Australia are in tenth. Nigeria, however, fare better than Northern Ireland who occupy the 45th position.



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