Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Armenia's Federation Internationale de Football Association standing declines after World Cup qualifying losses

Armenia's Federation Internationale de Football Association standing declines after World Cup qualifying losses

The biggest climbers were Cape Verde Islands, who jumped 47 places to 67th following shock back-to-back wins over South Africa.

The Gernot Rohr side dropped to 44th spot on the log despite their impressive run in the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series.

South Africa - beaten home and away by Cape Verde - drop to 80th in the latest rankings, which represents their lowest standing since 2013 during Gorden Igesund's tenure.

However, the reverse turned to be the case as Nigeria dropped six places overall albeit moved up one spot from 6th in Africa to 5th.

The result has seen the national team leap 15 places up FIFA's ranking of worldwide teams into 43rd place, overtaking the likes of Nigeria, Cameroon, Greece and Australia.

In the month under review, the Super Eagles recorded a decent outing against Cameroon in the World Cup qualifiers.

On the world stage, Germany are back at the summit as they have pushed Brazil to the second spot.

Even though they have slipped down five places, Egypt remained the top ranked African side at number 30.

After a disappointing 2017 - a year which has seen chances of World Cup qualification dip from promising to hanging by fingernails - Ireland have dropped 11 places.

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