FIFA Rankings: Super Eagles Crash 14 Places To 57th Position

super eaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria has dropped 14 places to the 57th position in the latest monthly ranking released by the world’s football governing body, FIFA, in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Super Eagles 2-nil victory against Chad in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in June had no effect in the team’s ranking as they slipped from the seventh spot in the continent to the 10th spot.

Algeria retained the top position in moving up two steps to the 19th position in the world, while African Champions, Cote d’ Ivoire, retained the second spot moving two places to the 21st spot.

The Black Stars of Ghana is up nine places to the 25th position and third in Africa, while Tunisia an Senegal completes the top five in Africa.

Cameroon, Congo, Cape Verde Islands and Egypt comes in the top 10 playing nations.

Meanwhile, Argentina are the new best playing nations in the world.

Despite losing to Chile on penalties in the final of the Copa América, the World Cup runners up have leapfrogged over Belgium and Germany to take the top spot in the world ranking for the first time in Seven years.

New entries in the top 10 are Romania in the 8th spot and England in 9th and Wales, whose win over Belgium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers has seen them surge 12 positions to 10th place.

Danagogo Wants Super Eagles To Be Competitive

DanagogoNigeria’s Sports Minister and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has charged the Nigeria Football Federation and coaching crew of the senior national team to make the Super Eagles competitive and ensure that only the best players represent the country at all times.

The minister who was pleased with the recent two-legged friendly matches for the home-based team against Cote d’ Ivoire and Yemen in Abu Dhabi and in Dubai, urged the NFF to organise more quality friendlies for the the players to stay busy.

According to a statement from the commission, Dr. Danagogo advised that with regular friendly matches for the Team B Eagles, the coaches would be able to beef up the first team for crucial matches with new players discovered as the Eagles prepare for the 2017 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers scheduled to begin after the on-going 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea.

“If the Team B gets regular friendly matches, the coaches will have a pool of players to select from to beef up the main team.

“They have to make the team competitive so that only the best will represent the country at all times,” he said.

He called on Nigerians to continue to support the Super Eagles despite their failure to qualify for this year’s edition of the Nations Cup, adding that he was sure the NFF and the players have realised the mistakes of the past and will ensure they are corrected.

Super Eagles Team Arrive Camp for Cote ‘D Ivoire, Sudan Friendlies

Super Eagles.Apart from Emem Eduok, who is in Tunisia and Igudia Godwin, who replaced Erhun Obanor, who is with the U23 national side, all invited Super Eagles players are in Abuja with technical crew comprising Dan “the Bull’ Amokachi, Houandinu Valere and Ike Shorunmu.

Amokachi who addressed the players after lunch on Wednesday, told them to brace up for the challenge of training only seven days for two grade A international friendlies against Cote ‘D Ivoire and Sudan in Abu Dhabi. He added that only 19 players from the 25 invited to camp will make the trip and that current form and not sentiments or past appearance in the team’s camp will be the yardstick for selection.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Houandinou Valere, has cleared the air on talks that he intends to drag the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland, noting that even if he has outstanding salaries to collect he will never do such a thing.

People should stop causing unnecessary friction between myself and my employers through insinuations and false reports as I want to take the NFF to CAS. I don’t have such intention and will never do that because we are loyal employees of the NFF” he said in Abuja.

The Super Eagles had their first work-out at the mainbowl of the Abuja National Stadium On Wednesday evening.

Nigeria Could Lose Its Leadership Role In West Africa – UNDP

UNDPThe United Nations Development Program, UNDP, has warned that Nigeria could lose its leadership role in West Africa if the 2015 general elections is marred with violence.

The Country Director of the UNDP in Nigeria, Mr Daouda Toure, said that the peaceful conduct of elections in Nigeria is important for it to be able to intervene and be respected in other West African countries.

Mr Daouda spoke at a forum of electoral stakeholders, organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja, on the importance of conducting peaceful general elections in 2015.

While the Independent National Electoral Commission said that it was ready for the polls, participants at the event expressed the view that some challenges, including conducts of politicians, could threaten peaceful elections.

Nigeria would go to the polls in 2015 along with other ECOWAS countries like Cote d‘ ivoire, Togo, Burkina Faso and Guinea.

Among these countries, Nigeria is in the watch of international communities, as its leadership role is important in the West African sub-region.

It is generally believed that having a free, fair and peaceful election in 2015 depends on INEC, the electorates and how the politicians conduct themselves.

Bad Weather Hampers Search For S/Korea Ferry Survivors

SKorea FerryBad weather, murky water and strong currents have been hampering the search for survivors of the South Korean ferry disaster as loved ones and anxious relatives offer prayers for the safe return of their loved ones.

Emergency services are still searching for nearly 300 people missing after a ship carrying more than 470 people sank.

Officials say 179 people have been rescued. Most of the passengers were pupils at the same high school.

The captain of the sunken South Korean ferry apologized to families of the victims and those missing on Thursday (April 17) as the coast guard investigates him. The ferry sank off South Korea’s southwest coast on Wednesday, leaving at least nine dead and about 290 missing

Witnesses told Korean media that the captain of the vessel, who is now being held by police, was one of the first to leave the stricken vessel.

The vessel, carrying 475 passengers and crew, capsized during a journey from the northwestern port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. It went down about 20 km off the country’s southwestern coast.

Meanwhile, South Korean President, Park Geun-Hye, visited the site of the accident as coast guards continue search operations for about 290 missing people.

In the video, Park observed search operations on a boat and was briefed by a coast guard officer.

Rescuers fought rising winds and waves as they searched for hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, still missing.

Frustrated parents of some of the missing school children are, however, hiring their own boats and divers to find survivors. Others jeer at coastguard officials asking why they’re not out searching for the missing passengers.

So far 179 people have been rescued and nine confirmed dead in what could be the country’s worst maritime accident in 20 years.

It is not known why the 6,586 ton vessel, built in Japan 20 years ago, sank.

Rwanda Genocide: From Losses To Gains, Twenty Years After

RwandaFrom April 7, to about July 15, 20 years ago, between 500,000 to one million people were killed in Rwanda. 

That period of time, was known as the genocide mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu, planned by members of the core political elite, known as the Akazu, many of whom were already in top government positions.

According to sources, the war took place in the context of the Rwandan civil war, which was an ongoing conflict that had begun in 1990, between the Hutu-led government and the Rwandan Patriotic Front, composed mainly of Tutsi refugees, whose families had fled to Uganda after their earlier encounter with Hutu violence against the Tutsi.

For many Rwandans, the experience of the genocide brought a lot of suspicion, fear and tension, in the years that followed after the genocide. 

Today, many have only one phrase on their lips; that is, ‘Rwanda genocide, never again!’

The younger generation is doing what it can to cope with the country’s horrific past, as many lost parents and loved ones in the killing.

To help them move on, orphans from the period, have been coming together to form groups, that support one another while others are using social media such as facebook, to preach peace and reconciliation.

A Lot Has Changed

Believe it or not, a lot has changed in Rwanda, since then. Rwanda-farms

The country is said to have low corruption, compared with neighbouring African countries. It also has the highest proportion of females in government positions, in proportion to the population.

Although seriously affected by the genocide, its economy has grown since then. A country of few natural resources, the economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture by local farmers, using simple tools.

However, tourism is a fast-growing sector in Rwanda, and is now the country’s leading foreign exchange earner.

Rwanda’s high commissioner to Nigeria, told Channels Television that Rwandans had moved on and are looking ahead to make the country work.

“There are many initiatives to make the people come together. People have gone beyond ethnic divisions. Things have changed,” he said.

Just like many at the time, he also had his losses.

UCL: Mourinho And Mancini React To 1-1 Draw

Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho was left to bemoan missed chances after a 1 all draw at Galatasaray and urged Chelsea’s fans to generate their own red-hot atmosphere in the return leg.

Fernando Torres scored after just nine minutes and Galatasaray drew level when defender Aurelien Chedjou took advantage of slack Chelsea defending at a corner.

Both managers are however wary of a tough game in the return leg.

Nigeria Slip Four Places In FIFA Ranking

Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles dropped four places in the January edition of the FIFA world ranking.

The Super Eagles kick started the year in the 41st spot, dropping to the 7th place in the continent.

Cote d ‘Ivoire and Ghana retained their spot in the 17th and 24th position to keep the 1st and 2nd spot in Africa.

Algeria slipped one place to the 27th spot in Africa while the Pharaohs of Egypt moved 10 places to the 31st spot and occupies the 4th spot in Africa.

Cape Verde Islands moved four places to the 35th spot; the Eagles of Mali also moved five places to 40th spot.

Tunisia, Cameroon and South Africa complete the country’s top ten.

Spain have maintained their 1st position globally, with Germany in second place, followed by Argentina, Colombia and Portugal. Brazil, who will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in June, are in the 10th position.

Since the last rankings, Nigeria has beaten Ethiopia 2-1 and lost to Mali 2-1 in their opening match at the African Nations Championship. Both matches were executed by the home based Eagles

NFF Doubles Golden Eaglets Bonus

[highlight]The Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] has decided to double the winning bonus of the golden eaglets to ensure that the team beat Congo on Saturday and qualify for the FIFA U-17 world cup.[/highlight]

“Beat Congo this weekend; qualify for the FIFA U-17 World cup and get $1,000 as bonus” this is the promise of the Nigeria Football Federation to the golden eaglets

NFF’s head of competitions Sanusi Mohammed said the gesture is to motivate the boys to secure victory in their final group b encounter against Congo at the CAF U-17 championship in Morocco.

Nigeria only need a win to secure a place in the semi-final of the biennial showpiece as well as book a ticket to FIFA U-17 world cup in the U.A.E later this year.

Cote d’Ivoire leads group b with four points, followed by Nigeria with three points.  Congo is on two points, while Ghana is bottom with a point.

U-17: Cote d’Ivoire’s Late Winner Shocks Nigeria

Despite Nigeria’s youngsters’ domination of the game, the Under-17 Eaglets are still finding it hard to push down the vent as Ivorian Anderson Niangbo’s scored a late goal mauled Nigeria with a shocking 1-0 defeat in the second group match of the CAF Under-17 Championship.

Passing as Eaglets first loss in both competitive and friendly games, the U-17 Eaglets will now have to wait to face Congo their final group match opponents to ensure qualification.

With an iron-clad defence, the Nigerian youngsters found it difficult to break the rank of the defence as they go from first half to the second half where the damage was done where Cote d Ivoire capitalised on Nigeria’s error to produce a goal which eventually passed as a sealer in the game.

Nigerian boys change tactics as they went on a rampageous attack in a bid to secure a goal but the tactics backfired as Côte d’Ivoire launched a long one from their end to put out a counter attack and goalkeeper Adewale was caught unaware as he calculated wrongly with the ensuing lob. Ahissan of Cote d Ivoire held on to the ball and gave Niangbo a well laid pass to latch home the only goal of the game.

Nigeria Will Overcome Kenya, Book World Cup Ticket — Lamouchi

Coach Sabri Lamouchi of Cote D’ Ivoire has pitched his tent with group F leaders, the Super Eagles of Nigeria and African Champions to pick the World Cup ticket.
Lamouchi said he is so sure that the Super Eagles will hit hard at the Harambee Stars of Kenya despite the seeming setback in the last game played in Calabar where it ended in 1-1 draw, insisting they will also go on to pick a World Cup ticket.

It took so much effort for the Super Eagles to survive what would have passed as embarrassing for the current African Champions, thanks to Nnamdi Oduamadi with a late effort at goal for the match to end in a 1-1 draw.

The Super Eagles on the road to the AFCON 2013 finals earlier this year showed Sabri Lamouchi’s men the way out of the tournament in the quarter-final and went on to win the competition, a defeat which for Lamouchi was shocking.

“No, I did not really expect them to knock us out, but in this kind of big tournament you can never tell. I was, however, surprised how they played against us.

“They were superb, had a stronger fighting spirit and pace than us. And after their win over us I tipped them to lift the trophy.”

In their World Cup qualification quest, Cote D’ Ivoire are in Group C with seven points, one above second-placed Tanzania, but Lamouchi is confident that they, along with Nigeria, will make it past the qualifying round.

“Of course my team, the Ivory Coast, one or two from North Africa, Nigeria and probably Zambia (are the five teams) that will qualify to represent Africa at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil,” he said.

We Need More Prayer Warriors For Super Eagles – Senate President

The Senate President, David Mark has called on Nigerians to intensify prayers for the Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final encounter with Mali.

Mr Mark who made this call on Tuesday during the Senate’s plenary, attributed the Eagles’ victory over the Elephant of Cote D’ Ivoire to the fasting and prayers of the senators and other Nigerians.

The Senate President, who said the national team should be commended for playing well, added that the nation was proud of them.

“We thank God that our prayers were answered for the Super Eagles to defeat their Ivorian counterparts on Sunday. We need more prayer warriors because the battle ahead is more serious. Please, let us intensify our prayers for the Eagles so that they can play better and also win tomorrow’s (today’s) match”, Mr Mark said.