FIFA rankings: Iceland hit all-time high 18th, Nigeria slip
Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup rivals Iceland have achieved an all-time high 18th position in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, while Nigeria slipped a spot to 52nd in the world despite reaching the final of the CHAN in Morocco. The Vikings of Iceland were the revelations of the last Euros in France and they have moved to places up the ratings. Both Nigeria and Iceland will clash on June 21 in a World Cup Group D match.
Nigeria’s other World Cup foes Argentina remain in fourth place in the rankings, while Croatia did not also move from 15th position from the previous month. Although Nigeria dropped a point, the general slump in the overall standing helped the Super Eagles from 9th spot in Africa to 7th.
To reflect the performance of national teams between January and early February, the rankings showed Nigeria shed a point and stepped down from 51st to 52nd in the world. During the month under review, the Eagles lost a game but also won four and the accumulation of points from a specific period was considered.
As explained on the FIFA website: “A team’s total number of points over a four-year period is determined by adding: The average number of points gained from matches during the past 12 months; and The average number of points gained from matches older than 12 months (depreciates yearly).
With the current FIFA ranking, do you think that the Super Eagles will Qualify out from the group stage in the upcoming FIFA World Cup?