Nigeria’s Super Falcons Go Up In Latest FIFA Ranking

File: Nigerian players react at the end of the 2019 Women’s World Cup Group A football match between Norway and Nigeria, on June 8, 2019, at the Auguste-Delaune Stadium in Reims, eastern France.
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The Super Falcons of Nigeria have moved up one place, now 38th globally, in the latest rankings released by football governing body, FIFA, on Friday. 

In the first quarter 2020 Women’s World Rankings released by FIFA, the African champions moved a spot up from 39th in December 2019’s ranking in spite of their inactivity since playing a 2020 Olympics qualifier in October, 2019.

The West Africans, with the recent ranking, retained their top spot in Africa and they are followed by Cameroon, 51st globally, while South Africa, 53rd on the world scene, complete the top three sides on the continent.

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Ghana, and Equatorial Guinea are fourth and fifth in that order, according to FIFA’s latest ranking.

On the global scene, World Champions, USA, are top with Germany and France in second and third respectively.

France and the Netherlands, Sweden, England, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Korea DPR make up the top 10.

FIFA Top Five in Africa

1. Nigeria

2. Cameroon

3. South Africa

4. Ghana

5. Cote d’ivoire

FIFA World Top Five 

1.  USA

2. Germany

3. France

4. The Netherlands

5. Sweden

Nigeria’s Super Eagles Drop One Spot On FIFA Ranking

A file photo of Super Eagles. AFP photo

 

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped by one spot on the latest FIFA world ranking.

According to the report published by the world’s football governing body on Thursday, the Eagles slipped to 35th spot in the month of October.

The team scored garnered 1,481 points as against 1482 points recorded in the month of September.

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Despite the slight drop, Nigeria remain the third-best team in Africa behind leaders Senegal and Tunisia who sit 20th and 29th with 1,546 and 1,495 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, world leaders Belgium, France, and Brazil maintained their positions following the over 180 international matches played recently.

England, Uruguay, Portugal, Croatia, Spain, Argentina, and Colombia complete the list of top-10 best teams in the football world.

Similarly, four teams Ukraine (22nd, up 3), Japan (28th, up 3), Turkey (32nd, up 4) and Russia (37th, up 5), recorded the most significant rises in the month of review.

Nigeria Retains 44th Place In Latest FIFA Ranking

Nigeria’s players take part in a training session at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 15, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. OZAN KOSE / AFP

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will end the year as the 44th best playing nation in the world and fourth in Africa in the final FIFA world ranking for the year 2018.

The ranking’s latest edition shows an entirely unaltered position, having been impacted by just eight Grade ‘A’ matches in a quiet month for international football.

There were also no changes in the top four as Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco who were all ranked above Nigeria retained their spots.

Meanwhile, Belgium will begin 2019 at the top of the ranking, having preserved their single-point lead over France at the table’s summit and emerging ‘team of the year’.

Belgium have 1,727 points by FIFA’s calculations followed closely by France with 1,726 while Brazil are third with 1,676.

FIFA stated on its website that France, who were ranked No. 9 last Christmas, were the year’s “Best Mover” after a “stellar 2018…having gained more points (165) since December 2017 than any other nation.”

Brazil, Croatia, England, Portugal, Uruguay, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark made top ten.

Nigeria Climb Five Spots On FIFA Ranking

Nigeria Climb Five Spots On FIFA Ranking
File photo: Super Eagles celebrate their victory over Zambia.

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved up five spots from 52nd to 47th position on the latest FIFA world ranking for April.

The three-time African champions also moved up to the sixth spot in the continent.

Similarly, Tunisia moved up nine places displacing, Senegal as the continent’s best-ranked team.

They now occupy the 14th spot in the world they are closely trailed by Senegal on the 28th spot in the world.

Meanwhile, Democratic Republic of Congo are placed third in the continent and 38th in the world.

Morocco come in fourth place and occupy the 42nd position on the world’s ranking while the Pharaohs of Egypt complete Africa’s top five and rank 46 in the world.

On the global ranking, World Cup champions Germany remain the best football playing nation despite a draw and defeat in March.

They are closely trailed by Brazil on the second spot while Belgium moved up two places to the third spot following the recent victories recorded.

Portugal and Argentina are in fourth and fifth while Switzerland, France, Spain, Chile and Poland complete the world ‘s top 10.

A total of 133 matches were taken into consideration by the football body in the latest ranking.

Nigeria Drop 9 Places In Latest FIFA Ranking

Despite beating Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly earlier this month Nigeria dropped to 50 in the world and 8th in Africa.

The top 10 teams in Africa are; Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Congo Dr, Morrocco, which makes Nigeria the only qualified team not in the top 5.

The next FIFA world ranking will be published December 21, 2017.

Fifa Ranking: Nigeria Now 11th In Africa

Super-EaglesNigeria has moved up four places in the latest FIFA rankings to become the 11th best in Africa and 60th in the world.

In the latest rankings published on FIFA’s website on Thursday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria rose to the 60th position in the overall ranking.

On the continental scale, the team led by Gernot Rohr, are now ranked 11th in Africa behind Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia, Ghana, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Mali, Cameron.

Argentina retains its number one spot with Germany coming in second, Brazil, third and Belgium occupying the fourth position.

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The upward bump in the Super Eagles’ ranking is largely due to their wins against Zambia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and Tanzania in the 2017 AFCON qualifiers.

African champions, Cote d’Ivoire are still the highest ranked team in Africa, moving up three places to the 31st position on the global ranking.

Nigeria Up By Three Spots In Latest FIFA Ranking

Nigeria's Super Eagles On FIFA RankingNigeria’s Super Eagles have climbed up three places in the monthly ranking of football playing nations around the world by FIFA.

With the rise, the Eagles are now the 14th best team in Africa and now occupy the 64th position in the world.

Cote d’Ivoire are the highest ranked team on the continent followed by Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Ghana, DR Congo, Egypt, Congo, Mali and Morocco to complete Africa’s top 10.

Argentina also retain top spot in the world rankings while Belgium held on to the second spot.

World champions Germany are in third position as Colombia and Brazil share the fourth spot.

Chile, Portugal, France, Uruguay and Wales were also included on the list of the world’s best 10.

Nigeria Drops In FIFA Ranking

FIFA ranking, Super EaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday.

Nigeria is now ranked 70 in the world and 16th in Africa, a position they share with Congo.

This is Nigeria’s lowest rank in recent years.

Algeria remain number one in Africa and 32 in the world followed by Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal and Egypt.

Argentina maintained top position in the world, Belgium and Columbia also remained at second and third.

European champions Portugal moved up two places and are now sixth, Spain dropped two places to eighth while Wales are now eleventh in the log.

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.

 

NFF Secretariat Not Sealed By Police

nffThe Leadership tussle between the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the proprietor of Giwa Football Club of Jos, Mr Chris Giwa has not led to the sealing of the secretariat of the federation.

A visit by Channels Television crew to the Nigeria Football Federation headquarters in Abuja revealed that staffers of the federation were going about their normal duties.

General‎ Secretary of the federation, however, confirmed that men of the Police have been around the premises to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.

There had been reports in some section of the media that Policemen had chased out the workers, locked the secretariat and barred people from the building.

The NFF has been in the spotlight since a Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State nullified the election that brought NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and his board into office.

The Giwa-led group had gone to court and withdrawn the case in October 2014, but then later went to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, which threw out their case.

Meanwhile, the Federation has also filed an appeal, a motion to vacate the order and a motion for a stay-of-execution against the judgement of the Jos High Court.

They insist there is no order for the Giwa group to take over the Glass House.

 

Jos Court Sacks Pinnick, Board, NFF To Appeal Judgement

PinnickThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has filed an appeal, a motion to vacate the order and a motion for a stay-of-execution against the judgement of the Jos High Court, which on Friday decided to re-list a case brought by Chris Giwa against the elected NFF administration led by Amaju Pinnick.

In re-listing the case for hearing on May 30 2016, the court also restored the order that the election and Congress of September 30, 2014 be nullified.

However, since an appeal, a motion to vacate the order and a stay-of-execution has been filed, on the same day as the judgement, the status quo remains.

NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, described the judgement as a setback for Nigerian football.

“This is a sad one primarily because we have enjoyed a period of peace and have been able to work without the court-today-court-tomorrow situation of the last half of 2014.

“We have filed for stay-of-execution and that means the status quo remains and anything done is done at the actors’ peril.

“I can assure football-loving Nigerians that there is no reason to panic, as we are in full charge and there is no trouble whatsoever.

“There is no order for the Giwa group to take over the Glass House. In fact many of his so-called board members have called to dissociate themselves from the matter,” Akinwunmi stated.

The Giwa-led group had gone to court and withdrawn the case in October 2014, but then later went to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, which threw out their case.

A Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State, had earlier nullified the election that brought NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and his board into office.

Justice Musa Haruna Kurya delivered the ruling on Friday over the re-listed suit challenging the election process of September 30, 2014 in Warri, Delta State.

Jos Court Nullifies Pinnick’s Election

PinnickA Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State, has nullified the election that brought NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and his board into office.

Justice Musa Haruna Kurya delivered the ruling on Friday over the re-listed suit challenging the election process of September 30, 2014 in Warri.

Before the elections in Warri, Christopher Giwa, in controversial circumstance had been declared new President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) through another congress in Abuja.

In 2015, Justice Ambrose Allagoa, who presided over the hearing, had ruled that the election as well as the congress preceding it were against his orders and ordered the plaintiff Christopher Giwa to return to office.

But FIFA was watching and warned Nigeria will be banned if the court ruling stops the newly-elected executive committee of Amaju Pinnick from working.

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, had called parties to a peace meeting where he pleaded for the crisis to end and prevent Nigeria from an imminent FIFA ban.

When Plaintiff counsel, Habila Ardzard, was to withdraw the matter, he told the court then, “The number one citizen had demanded to intervene in the matter and that if parties are not satisfied, they can return to court.”

When Channels Television spoke to Christopher Giwa, he praised the ruling of the court.

“This is victory for Nigeria football. The right ruling has been made and we are taking over immediately.”

Amaju Pinnick confirmed the ruling of the court, adding that it is a setback for Nigerian football.

“It is sad we are still taking football matters to court. The NFF will file for stay of execution and later appeal the case.”

In the latest FIFA ranking, the Super Eagles dropped five points and now ranks 67th in the world and 14th in Africa. The team also failed to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations.