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Super Falcons drop in latest FIFA Rankings



By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde

Nigeria’s senior women’s national team has experienced a slight dip in the latest FIFA rankings, as revealed in the rankings released on Friday.

The West African team, previously occupying the 34th position in December 2023, dropped two places to the 36th spot in the world.

Despite this drop, the nine-time African champions maintained their stronghold as the top-ranked team in Africa, holding the leadership position ahead of African champions, South Africa.

During the period under review, Nigeria played two crucial matches against Cameroon as part of the Paris 2024 Olympics Qualifiers, securing a narrow 1-0 win on aggregate in the third round.

Meanwhile, South Africa showed a slight improvement, moving up one place from 52nd to 51st in the global rankings.

In the continental rankings, 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) beaten finalist, Morocco, made significant progress by climbing two places to the 60th position worldwide and claiming the third spot in Africa.

On the other hand, Ghana experienced a setback, dropping three places to 64th in the rankings and landing in the fourth position in Africa. This drop followed their failure to qualify for the final round of the Olympics Qualifiers.

Zambia emerged as the biggest movers within the top ten African teams, climbing five places to the 65th position globally and securing the fifth spot in Africa.

Completing the top ten ranked women’s football teams in Africa are Cameroon (67), Cote D’Ivoire (71), Tunisia (78), Mali (81), and Equatorial Guinea (82).

Top 10 ranked women’s football teams in Africa (March, 2024)

1. Nigeria (34)
2. South Africa (51)
3. Morocco (58)
4. Ghana (64)
5. Zambia (65)
6. Cameroon (67)
7. Cote D’Ivoire (71)
8. Tunisia (78)
9. Mali (81)
10. Equatorial Guinea (82)