Eagles sink to 47th in the world



Nigeria’s Super Eagles has dropped to 47th places in the latest FIFA world ranking system released yesterday.
The African champions dropped 6 places after been adjudged the 41st best football playing team in the world according to the ranking released earlier last month.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) general secretary, Barr. Musa Amadu, is, however, unperturbed about the FIFA ranking system.

Amadu told Blueprint Sport: “I’m not bothered about the ranking system. It does not move me a bit. I am only interested on how our team will excel at their various meets,” he said.
Despite finishing in third position at the African Nations Championship in South Africa (CHAN), Stephen Keshi’s men tumble from the ladder in the monthly rituals by FIFA and it may not be unconnected with the inactivity of the Super Eagles in January.

Cote d’Ivoire remain at the summit of African football with 841 points which put them in the 23rd position in the world, while CHAN runners- up Ghana dropped 13 places to be ranked the 37th best team in the world and 4th in Africa.
Algeria moved to the second position on the continent after amassing 819 points which places them in the 26th spot in the world. Cape Verde moved into third spot in Africa, while Egypt, Tunisia and Cameroon all moved ahead of Nigeria.

Even though Libya won the CHAN tournament, the Mediterranean Knights dropped six places to finish in 68th place and 14th in Africa.
Spain, Germany and Argentina hold the first, second and third spots in the world, respectively, as 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil moved to the ninth spot.
The next ranking will be released on March 13, 2014 and with the Eagles not playing any friendly the downward slide of the team will continue unabated.

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