The Nigeria national men’s football team, the Super Eagles dropped seven places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday by the world football governing body.
The Eagles who played two friendly games in the period under review dropped to 59th spot in the November rankings released.
The big drop also sees Nigeria staying out of the top ten African teams for the first time in a long while as they are now ranked 12th on the continent.
Meanwhile Ivory Coast have overtaken Algeria to now become Africa’s highest ranked team.
Similarly, Belgium for the first time in their history have shot to the number one spot on the monthly rankings.
Germany are second while Argentina dropped two places to third spot now.
The biggest climbers in the top ten are Chile (5th, up 4), while England (9th, up 1) and Austria (10th, up 1) have each made slight progress. This is the first time that Belgium, Chile and Austria have ever reached such heights on the global ladder.
Six teams have leapt by ten places or more in the top 50 this month, namely Turkey (18th, up 19), Bosnia and Herzegovina (20th, up 10), Ecuador (21st, up 10), Republic of Ireland (42nd, up 12), Paraguay (47th, up 14), and Serbia (49th, up 14). Four teams have improved their ranking by over 30 places: Chad (136th, up 39), Cyprus (76th, up 38), Sao Tome e Principe (157th, up 36) and Turkmenistan (121st, up 34).