Nigeria moves up three places in FIFA Ranking
According to the latest ranking released by FIFA, Nigeria has moved up three places, from 67 to 64. Great news!
The Super Eagles, though progressing in the world ranking, they are lagging behind in Africa, as countries like Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Ghana, Congo DR, Egypt, Congo, Mali, Morocco, Cameroon, Guinea and South Africa, are all ahead of Nigeria in ranking.
All Nigeria’s World Cup qualifier opponents, dropped in ranking, though Algeria and Cameroun, still remain ahead of Nigeria. While Zambia dropped one spot to 93.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina, still hold the number one spot, while Belgium, Germany and Colombia are at the second, third and fourth positions.
Mourinho defends players after Europa loss
Jose Mourinho’s men, have suffered yet another loss, but in the Europa League this time, as they fell 1-0 to Belgium’s Feyenoord.
The Red Devils put up a lackluster performance and it was no surprise, when a costly mistake, gifted Feynoord the lead in the 79th minute.
Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera, were all handed starting positions and it proved to be a disaster, as the unsettled English Premier League side failed to make an impact in the game.
Though, Mourinho believes it’s unfair to judge or compare both teams as Feynoord are currently top of the Eredivisie with five wins from as many games.
“I don’t want to go in that direction, I don’t want to personalise,” he told BT Sport. “Some players are playing their first minutes of the season, there have not been many minutes for them.
“Obviously some played better than others but you can’t judge on one game. They play with the same boys week after week, same team for every competition against some guys playing their first minutes.”
Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iyiazi wins Nigeria’s second bronze medal
Nigeria has won yet another bronze medal. This time, in the discus event, as a result of Eucharia Iyiazi’s impressive performance.
Iyiazi, sealed the third position with a 27.54m throw, to win Nigeria’s second bronze medal in the tournament.
Algeria’s Nassina Saifi, won the gold medal with 33.33m, while Ireland’s Orla Barry sealed the second spot with a 30.06m throw, to seal the gold medal.
Team Nigeria has now won eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals and are 10th in the overall medals table.
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Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan