The Super Falcons of Nigeria cemented their place as the best African team at the 2023 FIFA World Cup with a top ten world cup ranking.
The brilliant Nigerians have been ranked the 10th best team in the world, after an impressive run at the World Cup. Finishing second in a group comprising Canada, Australia, and Ireland before crashing out on penalties to second runner-up, England in the round of 16.
The Super Falcons are the highest-ranking team on the continent, with Morocco ranking 12th in the world, reigning African champion South Africa (16th), and Zambia finishing in the 25th spot.
This feat by the Super Falcons is highly remarkable and a grand statement for a team that came into the World Cup placed 40th in the world, and 4th best from Africa. This world cup ranking has reinstated the respect and honor of the Nigerian badge. African giant for a reason.
World Cup Ranking In Numbers And Records
For the third time since 1999, Nigeria’s Super Falcons qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout tournament after securing a much-needed point against Ireland.
Not only did Super Falcons qualify for the knockout stage, they set some team FIFA Women’s World Cup. records too.
1st time going undefeated – this is the first time Nigeria will go through a group phase without losing a game.
- Equalled least goals conceded (2).
- Two clean sheets.
- 1st time making the Knockout stage back to back.
- Most points ever (5) at a FIFA world cup.
Nigeria’s Toni Payne completed 11 dribbles so far in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Only Salma Paralluelo (16), Graham Hansen (14) and Rachel Kundananji (12) have completed more dribbles.
Still with Payne, Her record of two chances per match keeps her in the top ten of creators.
Meanwhile, midfielder, Christy Ucheibe ranks 7th with 36 tackles for most tackles at the world cup.
Also, Ucheibe ranks 4th overall for most tackles per game with 7.4 per game.
Elsewhere, Chiamaka Nnadozie’s 50th minute penalty save denied Canada’s captain Christine Sinclair a place in history as 10-player Nigeria secure a first 0-0 draw in 27 #FIFAWWC matches.