Africa: Super Eagles End 2022 As Africa’s Fifth-Best Team

FIFA on Thursday officially published its last ranking for the year as Brazil remain the highest-ranked team in the world.

According to FIFA’s monthly rankings, the Nigeria national football team, the Super Eagles, will finish 2022 as Africa’s fifth-best team and 35th in the world.

FIFA released its final ranking for the year on Thursday, with Brazil remaining the top-ranked team in the world despite failing to advance beyond the quarter-finals in Qatar 2022.

Argentina, who were crowned world champions for the third time last Sunday, rose only to second place, up from third place prior to Qatar 2022. France is third, while Belgium and England are fourth and fifth, respectively.

Poor Year

The year 2022 has largely been a letdown for the Super Eagles, who only made it to the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon before blowing their chance at a seventh World Cup appearance against Ghana in March.

The Black Stars edged the Super Eagles to the Qatar 2022 ticket on the away goals rule.

Unfortunately, the Black Stars did not advance beyond the group stage despite recording a thrilling 3-2 win over South Korea and ruffling Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal teammates, who eventually claimed a nervy 3-2 win.

Aside from the disappointment in official games, the Eagles did not fare any better in the handful of friendly games played in the year.