Super Eagles Not Pertubed By FIFA Rankings – Pascal

Super Eagles co-ordinator Patrick Pascal is unperturbed despite the team faring poorly in the latest FIFA world rankings.
The three-time African champions dropped nine places from 41st to 50th position in the latest ranking released by the world soccer ruling body on Thursday.
The team is also ranked in the eighth position in Africa behind countries like Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Congo Democratic Republic, Morocco, Burkina Faso and Cameroon.
It came as a shock to many following the Super Eagles’ impressive showing during the last international break during which the team played out a 1-1 draw against Algeria and recorded a 4-2 win against Argentina.
“I don’t read any meaning to the new rankings. For me, we should continue to do well on the pitch and the reward will surely come at the right time,” the former Super Eagles and Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan player told newsmen.
“I expect us to do better next month and in the subsequent ones. We have a young team that is full of quality players and I don’t see any reason why we will not be ranked among the best in the next few months.”
The Super Eagles are one of the five teams that will represent Africa at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Despite Argentina Win, Super Eagles Drop Nine Places In Latest FIFA Rankings

Nigeria’s Super Eagles dropped nine places from 41st to 50th in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.
The Super Eagles also dropped 50 points as they are now on 671 points from their previous 721 points.
The latest ranking, which was published on FIFA’s official website, places the Super Eagles in the eighth position in Africa behind Senegal who recorded their highest-ever position on the monthly ranking moving up nine steps to 23rd.
The Teranga Lions are now the top-ranked African nation, having leapfrogged Tunisia in 27th position (second in Africa) and Egypt who dropped one place to 31st. Congo DR are in fourth while Morocco,Burkina Faso and Cameroon all finished above Nigeria.
The Eagles’ drop comes after they drew 1-1 with Algeria in their final group game of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and defeated Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly in Krasnodar, Russia.
Seychelles, who will host the Eagles on match day two in Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next year, dropped one place from their 188th position last month to 189th.
Group E leaders, Bafana Bafana of South Africa, also dropped to 81st from their 74th position from last month. Libya, also in Group E, moved up 10 places from 87th to 77th in the ranking.
Meanwhile, in the top 10 ranked teams, Germany are number one, Brazil are number two, Portugal are in third position, Argentina remain in fourth and Belgium fifth.
Spain moved up to sixth position, Poland are now seventh. Switzerland moved into the top ten bracket and are now eight while France and Chile complete the top ten in ninth and 10th respectively.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 21 December 2017.

Offers For Eagles Defender, Abdullahi Pour In From Premier League

Merseyside clubs including Everton and Liverpool are interested in acquiring the services of Nigerian defender Shehu Abdullahi.

The 24-years-old right back currently plays for Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta.

“Yes, we have offers from Spain, France, Italy and Merseyside clubs in England,” a Mitem Sports Sprl source told 90MinutesGoal.com

“We will study which offer is best for our client, since he will be a free agent after the World Cup,” the source concluded.

Shehu has been in great form for both club and country as he helped Nigeria qualify for her sixth World Cup and also helped his club reach the summit of the Cypriot league table with 12 matches played.

A move away from Anorthosis Famagusta looks likely in January, but the management of the club will likely want to hold on to the player when his contract expires after the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Vincent Enyeama Not Keen To Return To Nigeria

Rumours doing the rounds suggest that Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is not interested in making his return to the national team.

According to a popular Nigerian website, the former Super Eagles number one is not interested in bouncing back to the team.

Coach Gernot Rohr has constantly voiced his desire to have the 35-year-old back in the team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

OwnGoalNigeria reports that Enyeama, who left the national team after a row with former coach Sunday Oliseh, has turned down the approach from the coach to return to the team ahead of the World Cup.

The website reports that Colin Udoh, who holds close ties with the former Enyimba goalkeeper, said that Enyeama won’t be coming back to the team despite the goalkeeper crisis rocking the side.

Meanwhile, the unfortunate diagnosis of first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme ‎with Leukaemia has left the West Africans struggling in the goalkeeping department, with Rohr not completely happy with the goalkeepers at his disposal.

Adelabu Says Mikel’s Long Passes Will Breakthrough With Zambia

As the super Eagles are yet to take on the Chipolopolo of Zambia for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, former Green Eagles Winger, Adegoke Adelabu has indicated that the Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi should be ready to throw his long passes from the midfield for his team mates to make a perfect finish.

The Super Eagle’s are currently at the top of the table with 10 points while the Chipolopolo are in 7 points and would visit Uyo on October 7th.

To Adelabu, such desire by the Chipolopolo must be cut short in Uyo. “I watched the Zambia versus Algeria match, and as an ex-player, coach and football scientist, I foresee a situation where they (Zambia) will come to Uyo to play their usual physical football. The Eagles were a bit lucky in our last two games against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun because the Camerounians played organized football. That is not the case with Zambia.

“Their midfielders and defenders will do everything to frustrate Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo from scoring because of their physical pattern of football. In that case, Mikel must be ready to do the job from the midfield because he is very good with his long passes. Mikel must be fit to stay longer in the game, and with one long pass, he has succeeded in dividing the Zambian team into two. Mikel should always look for a way to put the ball behind the Zambians for our attackers to sneak into their vital area and score. We need the three points so that our journey to Algeria will be a mere formality,” Adelabu stated.

 

 

Source: The Guardian