Mixed re­ac­tions greet Nige­ria’s dip in FIFA rank­ing

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re­cent times.

“What the stake­hold­ers have been do­ing is to fight among them­selves. Un­til we get our act to­gether, we will con­tinue to go down in sub­se­quent rank­ings,” he sub­mit­ted.

Sim­i­larly, a sports an­a­lyst Kar­los Aon­doaver Tsokar blamed the coun­try’s cur­rent po­si­tion on the in­con­sis­tency of the team.

“We have been very in­con­sis­tent in our per­for­mance in all in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. With­out a coach for a while and those that we have man­aged to place in act­ing po­si­tions have not been able to prop­erly as­sem­ble a team that would play with the pas­sion, strength and agility our Su­per Ea­gles were known for.

“At a point, we were the most en­ter­tain­ing team in Africa, such that even if the re­sults were abysmal as it is now, we were still rated well. But now it is dif­fer­ent,” he lamented.

Another sports pun­dit, Modupe Oye­wale ex­pressed op­ti­mism that the team will bounce back, stress­ing that “We can only hope that things get bet­ter and that the Su­per Ea­gles bounce back to win­ning ways so that our rank­ing po­si­tion can im­prove.”

Nige­ria, yes­ter­day dropped nine places in the lat­est world foot­ball gov­ern­ing body (FIFA)’s rat­ing.

The Su­per Ea­gles were ranked 61st in June’s rat­ing but have now dropped to be ranked 16th best team in Africa and 70th in the world.

Al­ge­ria, one of Nige­ria’s 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers op­po­nents with 781 points, are the high­est ranked team on the con­ti­nent and 32nd in the world.

Cote d’Ivoire (35), Ghana (36), Sene­gal (41) and Egypt (43) com­pletes the top five teams in Africa in that or­der.

Oth­ers in the top ten are: Tu­nisia (45), Cameroon (53), Morocco (54), Congo DR (59) and Mali (61) who oc­cu­pied the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th po­si­tions re­spec­tively.

On the global stage, Euro 2016 sur­prise pack­age Ice­land rise to their high­est rank­ing after reach­ing the quar­ter­fi­nals of Euro 2016, mov­ing up 12 places to 22nd.

The top five teams re­mained the same, with Ar­gentina ranked first ahead of Bel­gium, Colom­bia, Ger­many and Chile.

Euro 2016 win­ners Por­tu­gal and de­feated fi­nal­ists France moved up two and 10 places re­spec­tively to sit sixth and sev­enth, with Spain, Brazil and Italy round­ing off the top 10.

Nige­ria mid­fielder Ogenyi Onazi vies for the ball with an Ira­nian de­fender dur­ing their match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

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