This Day (Lagos)

12 April 2012

Nigeria: Eagles Drop Further in Fifa Rankings

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Essam Al Hadari and Mohamed Zidan of Egypt (file photo).

Despite Stephen Keshi's unbeaten six games in charge of the Super Eagles, Nigeria has maintained her steady decline on the monthly FIFA Rankings as the latest, released Wednesday, listed the two-time African champions at 60th position globally.

The Eagles, who are Thursday playing their first high profile game Egypt under Keshi's watch, dropped three places from the 57th position it ranked a month ago.

The situation is not even better at the continental level as Nigeria who missed the last Nations Cup jointly hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are listed in the 10th place.

Despite Nigeria's woes, Cote d'Ivoire maintained her top position on the continent with Ghana, Algeria, Mali and new African champions, Zambia ranked 2nd to 5th in that order respectively.

Gabon, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia are 6th to 9th respectively.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will face a team in the top five of the latest FIFA rankings, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Spain, Germany, Uruguay, The Netherlands and Portugal are the nations currently in the top five places according to the latest classification by the world football governing body, FIFA and the NFF has declared that the Super Eagles will come toe-to-toe against the senior national team of one of those nations.

Chairman of the Technical Committee of the NFF, Christopher Green explained that the 'necessary paper work is being worked on' and that the identity of the nation would be unveiled shortly.

"The necessary paper work is being worked on and as soon as we have rounded off all that is required, we will make the information public. However, I can state categorically, that in September, Nigeria will meet one of the top five football nations in the world," Green said Wednesday.

The NFF chief also revealed that the game against the team has been tentatively fixed for September 2012 at a yet-to-be-decided venue.

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