Nigeria Claims Top Spot In Africa FIBA World Ranking
Nigeria’s second place finish in the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 for Men held in Tunisia has seen her climb to the top spot in Africa and 26th in the world in the latest ranking released yesterday by FIBA.Despite winning the AfroBasket men in 2015, Nigeria was still not first in Africa but a sustained progress by the Musa Kida led board has seen the country climb to the enviable number one position in Africa.The innovative game-based ranking factors in results from official games played by 153 national teams and would be updated after every window of Qualifiers and following the conclusion of top official FIBA competitions.The new ranking is based on results of games ranging from regional pre-qualifiers all the way to the FIBA Basketball World Cup Final, and includes the Olympic Basketball Tournament as well as the Continental Cups. The previous ranking was purely competition-based and only took into account the final standings of tournaments….Nigeria Claims Top Spot In Africa FIBA World Ranking
Though, dropping 10 points from the 2016 ranking after the Olympic Games in Rio, Nigeria with 211.3 points is Africa’s best team, her silver medal in Tunisia notwithstanding.Basketball power house Angola (198.7) is second in Africa and 33rd in the world while Senegal (178.2) are third on the continent and 36th on the world ladder while reigning Africa champions Tunisia (119.9) and Egypt (110.4) are fourth and fifth in Africa but 45th and 48th respectively in the world.Other Africa countries in the top 10 ranking are Cote d’ Ivoire 6th (65), Morocco 7th (68), Cameroon 8th (69), Mali 9th (73) and Central Africa Republic 10th (77).Top of the world ranking remains USA (819.6), followed by Spain (693.2), Serbia (641.0) while France (634.9) and Argentina (615.5) are in fourth and fifth place.
According to the new ranking system by FIBA, the basic principle is simple: 1,000 basis points are awarded in each game, with the two teams earning a share of these according to the margin of victory or defeat. Weightings are added on a round basis meaning that, when a team progresses through a top official FIBA competition, its wins are worth more with every round it plays.