By Elsie Udoh
The Nigerian national football team, Super Eagles end 2022 as Africa’s 5th-best team and 35th in the world, despite having a bad year.
World’s football governing body, FIFA released its final ranking on Thursday with Brazil maintaining its top spot on the list and Argentina, the recently crowned World Cup champions, in the second position.
Despite making it to the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the Super Eagles blew their chance at a seventh World Cup appearance in March by losing to the Black Stars of Ghana.
Friendly games were no different as the team met tough luck at different plays during the year.
The team lost 4 goals to Portugal before the start of the World Cup in Lisbon and another 2 goals to Costa Rica in San Jose as well as Algeria, Mexico and Ecuador.
However, the Super Eagles were ranked a step higher than their previous ranking of 36th in the world.
Meanwhile, Morocco — who shocked the world by becoming the first African country to reach the World Cup semi-finals — has scaled up the ranking ladder and is now the 11th-best team in the world.