Argentine FA To Appeal Messi’s Suspension

Messi Banned From Argentina Qualifying CampaignThe President of the Argentine Football Association, Claudio Tapia says the football body will appeal the four match suspension against Lionel Messi

The President was disappointed that Messi’s sanction was announced less than six hours before the kickoff of their last qualifier match against Bolivia in La Paz.

The five time world player of the year would play in only one of Argentina’s remaining five 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

Super Eagles Of Nigeria Unmoved In New FIFA Rankings

Super eaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria remain unchanged in the latest FIFA rankings for the month of May.

The Super Eagles retain the 14th spot in Africa and 67th in the world, Algeria remains Africa’s best playing nation on the 33rd spot.

The continent’s top ten team remind unchanged, with Cote D’ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Cape Verde Islands, Tunisia, Cong Dr, Guinea and Congo.

With no grade A international matches played in April, the world’s top ten team were also unchanged.

 

Nigeria Moves Up In Latest FIFA Ranking

FIFAThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved up three places in the latest FIFA world ranking for the month of February.

Despite the early exit from the African Nations Championship in Rwanda, the team are up from 66th to 63rd in the world and 12th in Africa.

Cote d’ Ivoire dropped nine spots to 28th but remains Africa’s best playing nation, while Cape Verde moved six places to 33rd in the world and second in Africa.

Algeria slid eight places to 36th, dropping to the third spot in Africa, the Black Stars of Ghana also dropped to the 41st position while Senegal who occupy the 45th spot completes the continent’s top five.

Meanwhile, with the current 10 best-ranked teams yet to play a game in 2016, the top 10 positions remain unchanged for the February edition of the ranking.

Belgium, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Chile, Brazil, Portugal, Colombia, England and Austria stay in the world’s top ten.

Teams from Asia, Africa and Central America dominated the list of teams that improved by more than five positions.

NFF Plans To Improve Super Eagles’ FIFA Ranking

Eagles-FIFA-NigeriaNigeria’s Super Eagles have six months to improve their FIFA ranking, ahead of the draw for the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in June 2016.

Super Eagles are ranked 59th in the world and outside Africa’s top 10, which could mean they could draw very tough opponents in the final hurdle for qualification to Russia 2018.

On current ranking, Nigeria would be drawn in pot 3, which could see them draw tough teams like Ghana and Cameroon in the first two pots of the draw.

However, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it will maximize two FIFA friendly windows before June 24, 2016, to improve their FIFA rankings.

The first of such window will be between March 21 and 29, while the second window is between May 30 and June 7, 2016.

Twenty nations have sealed their place for the third and final qualifying round, including Africa’s representatives at Brazil 2014 and South Africa 2010.

The 20 teams will be divided into five groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches, with the winners of each group to qualify for Russia 2018.

FIFA also confirmed that the procedures for which the draws – including pots and seeded teams – will be announced at a later date.