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Nigeria drops to 35 in latest FIFA rankings

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Nigeria has dropped to 35th position in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola world rankings following a lacklustre display in November that saw them end the year without a win.

The rankings released by the world football body on Friday showed that Nigeria dropped three places from the 32nd position at the beginning of November.

The Super Eagles dropped three places from their previous position, following a poor performance against Sierra Leone in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures.

They also dropped from number three to four in Africa.

Gernot Rohr’s men squandered a four-goal lead to tie the Leone Stars 4-4 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State, in the first of their double-header qualifiers on November 13.

Four days later, the three-time African champions were held 0-0 in Freetown by their less-fancied opponents.

Nigeria still tops Group L with eight points after four games, but the results delayed their qualification for the continental showpiece in Cameroon.