FIFA published its updated ranking of the best women’s football nations in the world on Friday. At the African level, Nigeria is still the leader. Benin is stuck in 25th place.
The Women’s CAN 2022 disputed last July, which saw the coronation of South Africa, who won the tournament after their victory in the final against Morocco (2-1), impacted the latest FIFA ranking of the best nations of women’s football which has seen some changes.
First African nation for a few years, Nigeria retains its crown on the continent. Eleven times winners of the CAN, the Super Falcons, eliminated by Morocco (1-1, 4-5 pens) in the semi-finals of the last edition, occupy first place in Africa and 39th worldwide. The Nigerian team is seconded in this last score by South Africa, which is back on the second leg of the podium. The Banyana Banyana eject Cameroon which falls to third place.
Unhappy finalist of this African Cup, Morocco gains a place in this ranking. The Atlas Lionesses are now in 7th position (76th worldwide) ahead of Tunisia (78th), Algeria (79th) and Zambia (80th) which completes the African top 10.
Eliminated by Burkina Faso in the qualifying phase of the women’s CAN, Benin did not evolve in this latest FIFA ranking of women’s national teams. The Ladies Squirrels remain stuck in their 25th place in Africa, 143rd worldwide.