Latest FIFA rankings: Nigeria climb to 38th position as South Africa, Ghana slip

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The Super Falcons of Nigeria

The Super Falcons of Nigeria has climbed to the 38th position in the latest FIFA women’s world rankings released on the FIFA official website on Friday.

The Super Falcons maintained their position as number one in Africa after amassing a total of 1,599 points and moving just one spot upwards from their previous 39th position on the 155 team rankings.

Nigeria was followed on the rankings by Cameroon who maintained their 46th position with a total of 1,499 points, while South Africa dropped one spot to the 49th position with 1,485 points to finish third on the continent.

Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Algeria, Mali, Senegal and Congo occupy the 51st, 70th, 79th, 84th, 85th, 88th and 100th positions respectively on the rankings to complete the top 10 on the continent.

The Super Falcons' current position was boosted by their third-place finish at a four-nation invitational tournament in China and an impressive run in a 12-nation tourney in Cyprus.

The reigning African champions ended the competition on a positive note with two wins and two defeats after beating Slovakia 4-3 and trouncing Thailand 3-0 to finish on the seventh position.

The United States remain number one in the world after amassing a total of 2,101 points, followed by Germany with 2,072 points.

The ranking is coming barely three months to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is scheduled for France from June 7 to July 7.

The Super Falcons will open their campaign in France against Norway at the Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims on June 8, before matches against the Korea Republic in Grenoble on June 12 and host France in Rennes on June 17.