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Super Eagles Rank 30th In World Football

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Reigning African Champions, the Super Eagles, were yesterday rated the 30th best team in the world in the January FIFA World rankings.

Nigeria moved up 22 places from its 52nd position last December to occupy the 30th position.

In Africa, the Super Eagles moved up to the fourth spot from its former ninth position.

The improvement might have been as a result of the team’s impressive performance at the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa, where they won the trophy.

Cote d’Ivoire maintained its position as Africa’s first placed team but moved up two places from 14 to 12 in the world.

Ghana and Mali occupied the second and third spots in Africa with both placed on 19th and 25th positions in the world, respectively.

Meanwhile, former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West has expressed satisfaction with the ranking, saying it was a stepping stone for the team.

West said that the victory in South Africa added value to the team, adding that it would motivate Coach Stephen Keshi and the team to work harder.

“I am satisfied with the ranking, it is a stepping stone for the team and it will motivate both Keshi and the team to work harder,” he said.

A former Eagles Coach, Christian Chukwu, in his reaction said he was happy about the development and Nigeria becoming Africa’s number one again.

“I am happy with the development; this is how important being successful can be to a country.

“They must keep working hard to get to the top because being Africa’s number one team is a gradual process,” Chukwu said.

A former Eagles midfielder Friday Ekpo, said the ranking was a morale booster, noting that it would build the team’s reputation and confidence.

“It’s a morale booster; it will make us improve and build on the team’s reputation and confidence as a force to reckon with.

“The likes of Spain who occupy the number one position in the world are a testimony of building young players which Keshi has adopted,” he said.

World Champions Spain, Germany and Argentina occupied the first, second and third spots, respectively while football powerhouse, Brazil, was ranked 18th.

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Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions

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FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.

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Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses  – Aikhomogbe

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Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.

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Enyimba Players Vow To Support  Finidi

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Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble  gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.

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