The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped by one spot in the FIFA World ranking for the month of October, despite playing out a 1-1 draw with Brazil in a friendly, Concise News reports.
The three-time African champions are 35th in the world after getting 1,481 points as against 1482 recorded in September, according to the ranking released on Thursday.
But despite the drop, the Eagles still occupy the third position in Africa, while Senegal, placed 20th in the world, remain the highest ranked side in the continent with 1,546 points.
Meanwhile, Belgium remain the highest ranked side in the world, with world champions France next and Brazil, who also played out a 1-1 draw with Senegal this month retaining their third spot.
But the notable climbers are Ukraine (22nd, up 3), Japan (28th, up 3), Turkey (32nd, up 4) and Russia (37th, up 5).
Seleção Hold Eagles In Singapore
In the international friendly played on 13 October at the National Stadium in Singapore, Rangers of Scotland star Joe Aribo put Gernot Rohr’s men ahead in the 37th minute; about 17 minutes after Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Neymar had been taken off due to injury.
But Casemiro equalised just three minutes into the second half, before Nigerian goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was substituted after what appeared to be a ligament injury.