Nigeria Women’s senior team moved up to 32nd spot following their success at the 2014 CAF African Women’s Championship in the year-end FIFA rankings released on Friday, December 19.
The Super Falcons defeated Cameroon 2-0 in the final of the 2014 African Women’s Championship in Namibia to clinch the title for a record nine times.
Nigeria are the least-ranked side in World Cup 2015 Group D compared to USA (2nd), Sweden (5th) and Australia (10th) ahead of the tournament which holds from June 6 to July 5.
The Super Falcons garnered a total of 1633 points from the month of September till date and remained the best in Africa ahead of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The Black Queens of Ghana remain unmoved as second best African team with 1459 points at 50th spot while the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon dropped a place to 52nd in the World.
Equatorial Guinea moved up a place to the 54th position to clinch fourth spot on the continent as South Africa dropped four places to be ranked number 60 in the global ranking.
Meanwhile, Germany displaced USA, who dropped a place at the summit of the World Ranking while France, Japan and Sweden complete the top five countries.
The next FIFA ranking for women will be published on 19 March, 2015.
Coach Edwin Okon’s ladies will hope for an improvement on the rankings with good results from their upcoming high-profile warm-up games for the World Cup.