A spot in the round of 16 at the recent 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France has seen Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons gain two steps forward on the global level, climbing to 36th position in the latest rankings by the soccer governing body, megasportsarena.com reports.
Based on Thomas Dennerby’s side’s efforts in France, where they beat South Korea, after defeats by the hosts and Norway, Nigeria remain Africa’s top team and move two places up in the women’s world ranking.
Although the Falcons eventually fell 3-0 to Germany in the round of 16 at France 2019, their efforts were still deemed good enough to keep them ahead of Africa’s second best, Cameroon, who equally made it to the second phase at the Female Mundial last month.
A last-16 finish at France 2019 moves Cameroon two places up to 41st, while a maiden Women’s World Cup outing lifted South Africa’s Banyana Banyana five places up to 49th, but Ghana’s Black Queens dropped two spots to 53rd position, as they paid for failing to reach the WWC.
Consequently, the top three behind Nigeria from Africa’s log remain Cameroon, South Africa and Ghana, who respectively retain second, third and fourth places in the continent.
Surprisingly from Africa, Gabon, who are now ranked 124th, return to the global female football ranking for the first time since August 2016, due to their progress in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers.
Globally, back-to-back world champions, United States remain the best women’s side with Germany in second and runners-up the Netherlands climbed five spots to third position.
Women’s World Cup hosts France remained stagnant in fourth and semi-finalists England [down 2] dropped to fifth in the Europe-dominated top five of the world rankings, ahead of the next edition on September 27.