World’s football governing body FIFA have released their monthly rankings after the series of games that were played earlier in the month.
In Africa, Super Eagles of Nigeria were awesome throughout this month’s international break. They convincingly thrashed Libya in Uyo by four goals without conceding.
In the reverse fixture, the Mediterranean knights of Libya gave the West Africans a run for their money as they almost got a point from the encounter no thanks to Ighalo’s late winner that gave the Eagles maximum points.
As a result of the two important victories, Nigeria move up four places in the latest rankings. They now occupy the third spot, behind Tunisia and Senegal who are in the first and second position respectively.
Both countries — Tunisia and Senegal — alongside Madagascar are the first set of countries to qualify for next year’s AFCON tournament in Cameroon.
In the overall ranking, World Cup winner France are now second behind Belgium — who were rampant in the UEFA Nations League fixtures this month.
The Didier Deschamps’ men were 2-1 victors over struggling Germany as they continue to build on their World Cup success.
As for the Red Devils of Belgium, they are first on the log. They remain in-form throughout October, beating Switzerland 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League.
Brazil are in the third position as the Sambar Boys are beginning to return to where they were known to be.
After a frustrating outing in Russia this year, the South Americans have picked up their pieces and they currently seem to be a force to reckon with at the World’s stage.
Croatia, who were the losing finalists in Russia, are ranked fourth after a series of unwanted results.
Since their silver-winning display in Russia, the European powerhouse have put up performances which are far from impressive.