ITTF Lists Nigeria, Egypt For Youth Olympics Qualifiers

ITTF Lists Nigeria, Egypt For Youth Olympics QualifiersThe International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has confirmed that 11 countries will contend for four slots available for Africa in the 2018 Youth Olympics holding in Argentina.

The countries listed are Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Libya.

Others include: Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DR and Madagascar.

The qualifiers for the Olympic Games is expected to take place at the El-Menzah Stadium in Tunis, Tunisia.

Egypt’s duo of Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Marwa Alhodaby are top seeds while Nigeria’s Azeez Solanke and Esther Oribamise trail the Egyptians.

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.

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Drops Seven Places As Belgium Tops

FIFA The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped seven places to 66th in the latest FIFA world ranking.

The Super Eagles garnered a total of 541 points to fall to 14th in Africa, behind Cote d’ivoire, Algeria, Ghana, Cape Verde, Tunisia, Senegal, Congo, Guinea, Egypt, Cameroon, Congo Dr, Mali and Uganda.

Cote d’ivoire are ranked first in Africa with 950 points, while Algeria end 2015 as runners-up, after gathering 845 points.

Ghana are third on the log with 778 points.

Team of the Year

Belgium will end the year as the number one ranked football playing nation in the world.

The red devils moved into first position in November, and consolidated their position with a 3-1 victory over four-time world champion Italy, in Brussels on November 13.

Argentina, Spain, Germany, Chile, Brazil, Portugal, Colombia, England and Austria round off the top 10.

The first-place finish on the last FIFA ranking of the year sees Belgium claim the Team of the Year award for 2015.

Turkey receive the award for Best Mover of the Year thanks to the 329 points they collected over the last 12 months of football.

Having last competed at a major tournament back in 2008, Turkey secured a place at the UEFA EURO 2016 in a campaign that saw them defeat Netherlands, Czech Republic and Iceland during the crucial final stages.

Further big movers for 2015 include Hungary (20 places, 313 points) and Nicaragua (92 places, 295 points).

FIFA Ranking: Belgium Emerge No 1 As Nigeria Drop 7 Places

FIFA RankingBelgium has emerged on top of the FIFA world ranking for the first time in history.

The red devils jumped two places to replace previous leaders Argentina who dropped to 3rd, place and world champions Germany on the 2nd spot.

The biggest climbers in the top ten are Chile on the 5th spot, while England on the 9th spot and Austria in 10th, have each made slight progress.

This is the first time that Belgium, Chile and Austria have ever reached such heights on the global ladder.

A total of 172 international ‘A’ matches have been taken into account in the November edition of the world ranking, bringing the total number of matches evaluated so far this year to 840.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped seven places down in the FIFA ranking for the month of November.

The Super Eagles now occupy the 59th spot in the world and 12th position in the continent, Cote d’ivoire dropped a place to the 22nd position but retain the number one spot in the continent.

Algeria and Ghana in second and third spots in Africa also dropped seven and five places respectively to the 26th and 30th places on the FIFA rankings.

Cape Verde Islands moved nine places up to occupy the 4th spot in Africa and the 32nd spot in the world. Senegal, Tunisia, Cameroon, Congo Guinea and Congo DR complete Africa’s top ten.

The Pharaohs of Egypt dropped six places to stay on the 11th spot just above Nigeria.

Enyeama, Mikel, Moses Return To Super Eagles

Super EaglesVincent Enyeama, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo are among 24 Super Eagles players called up for next month’s international friendlies against Congo DR and Cameroon in Belgium.

The quartet missed out of the 2017 AFCON qualifiers against Tanzania and the friendly with Niger Republic earlier in the month.

Ogenyi Onazi, Elderson Echiejile and Leon Balogun also got called up, as well as former junior international, Shehu Abdullahi and Moses Simon.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Femi Thomas, Chima Akas, Austin Oboroakpo, Paul Onobi and Prince Aggrey are the six players from the Nigerian league invited for the games.

The 2013 AFCON champions will play Congo DR on October 8 and Cameroon three days later in Antwerp, Belgium.

Eagles Defeat Sudan 3-1 To Restore AFCON Qualification Hopes

Super Eagles.The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Sudan 3-1 in an African Nations Cup qualifier at the National Stadium Abuja to restore their hopes of qualifying for the biennial tournament in Morocco.

CSKA Moscow’s Ahmed Musa opened the scoring for Nigeria in the 47th minute but Sudan equalised nine minutes later through Sallah Ibrahim.

Aaron Samuel then restored Nigeria’s lead in the 66th minute before Musa completed the route with his second of the game in the 87th minute.

The African champions now leapfrog Sudan to third place in Group A with two games to go.