Eagles' slide hurts Oliha

Praying for direction

Ex-international, Thompson Oliha, described as painful and disappointing, the free fall of the country’s national football team; the Super Eagles on the monthly FIFA rankings.

The downward movement of the Eagles continued on Wednesday as the World football body released the April edition from its headquarter in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Super Eagles went down three steps in the latest rankings as they moved from the 57th spot to the 60th position in the world.

For Oliha, a member of the Super Eagles when it attained her highest ranking (5th position), 18 years ago, the Eagles will have to start winning more quality matches like the one already lined up against Egypt to get back up the ladder.

“Today’s ranking is a result of our long neglect of what is right, in our days you get the shirt my merit not with money” he said

” With the present crew lead by my former teammate; Coach Stephen Keshi,  I hope things can change for the better. It is just sad Nigeria is now ranked 10th in Africa behind the likes of Libya, Mali , Gabon and so on who were easy prey for us in our playing days.”

Spain still the best

Meanwhile Spain has maintained top position in the April Ranking as the champion in South Africa 2010 continues to be the team to beat.

Germany climbed one spot in the table up to number two, with 2011 Copa America winner Uruguay moving into third position. 

Despite not playing any games in the past month, losing World Cup finalist the Netherlands has dropped two places in the ranking, and now sits fourth.

Portugal leapfrogged Brazil (sixth) and England (seventh) to move up to fifth, with Croatia (eighth), Denmark (ninth) and Argentina completing the top 10.

Italy slipped three places and now sits 12th in the ranking, behind Russia and ahead of Chile. 

Cote d’Ivoire is the best-placed African team on the list at number 15 despite losing the 2012 African Nations Cup in February to Zambia (40th). Australia is Asia’s highest-ranked representative in 21st position.

Ghana is second in Africa and 22nd in the world going one place up, while Algeria, Mali and Zambia follow in third, fourth and fifth in Africa and 38th, 39th and 40th in the world.

Gabon, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Nigeria close the top ten in Africa with distant positions on the world stage.

According to FIFA twenty-four matches were taken into account for the April edition of the  World Ranking, three-quarters of which were played at the AFC Challenge Cup.

African Top 10

Country                       Africa             World

Ivory Coast                 1st                       15th

Ghana                         2nd                      22nd

Algeria                        3rd                       38th

Mali                               4th                     39th

Zambia                        5th                       40th

Gabon                         6th                        42nd

Libya                            7th                        46th

Egypt                          8th                          55th

Tunisia                       9th                          57th

Nigeria                    10th                            60th


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