The Super Eagles who were 51st in the world with 651 points in January, are now 52nd with 606 points, according to the ranking on FIFA’s official website on Thursday. Nigeria finished second at the African Nations Championship, CHAN, in Morocco recently. Super Eagles, however, remain seventh in Africa, where Tunisia are the top ranked country. Senegal, DR Congo, CHAN champions Morocco and Egypt make up Africa’s top five, while Cameroon are sixth. Ghana, Burkina Faso and Algeria are eighth, ninth and 10th in Africa. Super Eagles opponent in Russia 2018 World Cup Iceland are the biggest movers in terms of points in the ranking. Iceland moved up two spots from 20th to 18th and gained 58 points from 959 to 1017. Croatia and Argentina did not move, staying in 15th and f
The Franco-German gaffer said he would recall Enyeama to the team only if he is active at club level before the end of the season. He told News Agency of Nigeria, “We are waiting for what will happen to Enyeama if he plays for his club and get more playing time he can make it. “He’s been delayed now because of his injury and now, he has about two goalkeepers ahead of him, so he has to change club during this FIFA transfer window. “We also have other good goalkeepers. When I arrived, Carl Ikeme did well but now out because of illness; we are praying for him, then, Akpeyi who played against Algeria but unlucky against South Africa. “We also have Ezenwa, Alampasu who is not playing regularly in Portugal and the new entrant Uzoho, who is doing well with the U-23 team of Dep
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is aiming to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroun after extending his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for two more years. Three-time champions Nigeria missed out on the 2015 and 2017 edition of the AFCON, and trail leaders Libya and South Africa by three points in Group E of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers. ‘’The verbal agreement was reinforced by an official handshake,’’ said Rohr to football365.fr. ‘’We met in Moscow with representatives of the executive committee of the Federation. We agreed on a two-year extension. ‘’I thank my leaders for this trust. Beyond the World Cup, the goal is AFCON 2019. We want to come back and win.’’ The Super Eagles were due to face Seychelles in their next AFCON qual
Super Eagles’ new chief scout, Victor Agali says coach Gernot Rohr won’t be considering new players in his squad for the World Cup in Russia next year. Agali made this known in a television programme in Lagos monitored by Owngoalnigeria.com, while responding to a question on if new players would make the squad to the World Cup. He said there would be no need for new players in the team as the coach already has the team for the World Cup, adding that bringing in new players could disrupt the understanding existing among the players. “The players are fired up now, the bonding is strong and they understand themselves, there would be no need to disrupt that understanding by bringing in new players. Rohr already has the players he will need at the World Cup”, Agali remarked.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is working to secure friendly matches for the Super Eagles against Denmark and Serbia, an official of the federation has revealed. According to the source, the details of the intending games will become clearer when NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, who is currently in London, returns to Nigeria. The match against Serbia will expose the Super Eagles to the type of game they will face when they meet Croatia at the World Cup, same as the match with Denmark, which shares some similarities with Iceland. The sources said Pinnick and Coach Gernot Rohr used the opportunity of the World Cup draws in Moscow to start negotiations for tune up games for the Super Eagles. Meanwhile, Brazil captain, Neymar has revealed his joy that they won’t be
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr says he is calm ahead of Friday’s Final Draw for the 21st FIFA World Cup finals as his team has no fear of any team. According to a statement by the Communications Department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday, Rohr spoke from the Crowne Plaza World Trade Centre in Moscow. It quoted him as speaking in the morning after he landed in the Russian capital for the showpiece event. “There is no weak squad in the 32-team field, and anyone hoping to play so-called `average teams’ in the group phase is only guilty of wishful thinking. “All the teams that are in the Final Draw, except host nation Russia, played qualifying matches. They all emerged from tough encounters and, therefore, none can be tagged `weak’.
The President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that the NFF rewarded Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr with a two-year deal for his impressive work with the team since he took charge in 2016, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.Rohr signed a two-year deal with the NFF in August 2016 but the German was handed a new two-year deal six months to the end of the current contract. “We have decided to confront head-on any possible area of conflict or controversy, and fully resolve each and every possible friction point well ahead of the competition,” Pinnick was quoted in a media statement released by the Nigerian Football Federation on Tuesday. “After signing the agreement on payment to the team from expected FIFA income, the next stage was to take care of t
Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Plateau United, will face Enyimba in the opening fixture of the Super Six competition on Monday December 11 at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, reports Completesportsnigeria. com. Aiteo Federation Cup champions, Akwa United and MFM FC will clash in the in other opening day fixture. According to the fixture schedule released by the League Management Company on Wednesday, the two clubs will compete in Group A of the competition along with the home- based Super Eagles. Hosts Kano Pillars are the other team in Group B along with Akwa United and MFM. The first placed teams in the two groups will qualify for the final which will be decided on Sunday, December 17.
The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) says Nigeria paraded the youngest players during the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This was announced on FIFA’s official website on Tuesday by a Switzerland-based independent study Centre International d’Étude du Sport (CIES) in it’s issue number 30 of Observatory Monthly Report.