Ahead of the month-long World Cup, Nigeria was ranked 32nd in the world and fourth in Africa, but having failed to qualify for the 22nd edition of the global showpiece, they missed out on the party.

The worsening position of the Super Eagles in the December 2022 standings was not helped by their defeats in international friendlies before the start of the World Cup.

Nigeria suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Portugal in Lisbon, the Eagles’ biggest defeat in the previous three decades, just days after losing 2-0 to Costa Rica in San José.

However, Nigeria remains in the top five of the ranking of teams in Africa behind Morocco (11th), Senegal (19th), Tunisia (29th) and Cameroon (33rd).

Morocco overcame Senegal to become the best African team in the world following their historic World Cup semi-final final, moving up 11 places from their previous position of 22nd.

Meanwhile, Brazil maintained their number one ranking despite being knocked out of Qatar 2022 in the quarterfinals.

World champions Argentina move to second place behind the Brazilians, following their historic penalty shootout victory over France after an entertaining 3-3 draw.

Brazil won three matches in the World Cup, lost to Cameroon and suffered a penalty shootout defeat by Croatia. Meanwhile, Argentina has won four games, lost one to Saudi Arabia and won twice on penalties, including Sunday’s final.

France, Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain are the other teams that made it to the top 10.