Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Chukwu - Eagles Will Make FIFA Rankings Irrelevant

Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu has stated that the latest FIFA Rankings which sees Nigeria Ranked 54th will count for nothing at the 2013 Nations Cup.

Nigeria rose five places in the latest ranking but are adjudged as the tenth best team in Africa but Chukwu, who guided Nigeria to third place finish in the 2004 Nations Cup, said the Super Eagles will make the FIFA rankings insignificant at the 16-team event. He predicted that Nigeria will make at least, the last four of the competition holding in South Africa.

"The FIFA ranking will not in anyway affect the team because they are ready for the tournament. There should be no worry for Nigerians because I'm sure that by the time the Nations cup ends, the ranking will be made irrelevant."

Nigeria, once ranked as the fifth best team in the world, the highest ever by an African country, slumped to n all-time low in recent times largely because of the team's failure to qualify for the last edition of the Nations Cup.

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