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FIFA Rankings: Nigeria Drops Three Spots

07 Jun 2013

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  •  As Glo congratulates Eagles on Kenya victory

The Super Eagles of Nigeria lost their place in the top 30 in the new rankings released by FIFA Thursday morning in Zurich, Switzerland.

Although the team picked an impressive 2-2 score line against Mexico in an international friendly match played in USA on the last day of the latest ranking, Nigeria dropped three spots to finish in 31st place.

The Super Eagles had finished in 28th position in May.
Nigeria started the year in 52nd spot and moved to 30th in February after the Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa last February. Eagles fell to 31st place in April but rose to 28th in May and have now dropped again.

The African champions played out a 2-2 draw with Mexico on May 31 in an international friendly in Houston, Texas before last Wednesday’s victory over Kenya in a competitive 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The victory is expected to impact on the next release in July.

They will also play against Namibia next week as well as feature in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Cote d’Ivoire remains the highest ranked African team in 13th place, a spot lower than last month’s. They are followed by Ghana who gained one place in 21st position while Mali also gained three places to finish in 23rd position. The top team in the world is Spain.

Meanwhile, leading telecommunications operator, Globacom has congratulated the Super Eagles for recording an important away win against the Harambee Stars of Kenya in the World Cup qualifying match played on Wednesday in Nairobi.

Globacom said in a statement Thursday that the Super Eagles were unlimited in their performance against Kenya and urged them to sustain the momentum next week when they take on Namibia in Windhoek so as to consolidate on their chances of representing Africa at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“The match was gruelling. We commend the Super Eagles for their hard-work, unflagging concentration and never-say-die spirit which earned them the vital three away points,” the statement added.

Globacom observed that the victory has deepened the Super Eagles’ rating as African Champions, adding that they should be focused as they represent Africa at the Confederation Cup in Brazil starting on June 15.

The telecommunications company enjoined Nigerians not to relent in giving the much needed support to the Super Eagles through prevailing prayers so that they can go on to win more laurels for Nigeria.

Nigeria now leads Group F with 8 points while Malawi is second with 6 points, while Namibia is third with 4 points as Kenya is stuck at the bottom of the table with 2 points.
Globacom is the major partner of the Nigeria Football Federation and official sponsor of the national teams.

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