Nigeria’s new FIFA ranking excites Eagles


Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa, and goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, are excited about Nigeria’s improvement in the latest FIFA rankings.
Nigeria moved up from 60th to the 50th position in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. Eagles were rewarded for defeating Africa’s giants, Desert Warriors of Algeria 3-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash in Uyo, Nigeria to climb up 10 places.
The three-time African champions are now eighth in Africa behind Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Congo DR and Burkina Faso.
Akpeyi said the side brilliant showing in the 2018 Russia World Cup campaign must have been responsible for the improved rating insisting that the onus is on the side to sustain the winning aura for further improvement.
“Ii is heartwarming to see Nigeria upfront in the FIFA rankings. We need to keep the momentum by working very hard for the country to be ranked among the best football playing nations in the world,” Musa said.
Akpeyi also said: “That’s great we are coming up strongly on the ladder! Of course, the good performance in the 2018 World Cup campaign must have helped us greatly.
“We must now continue winning in other matches to be able to sustain and further improve in subsequent rankings.”
Argentina are number one on global rating closely followed by rivals, Brazil, Germany, Chile, Belgium, Colombia, France, Portugal, Uruguay and Spain.
The next FIFA ranking will come up on Thursday, December 22, 2016 which will determine the winners for the Team of the Year and the Mover of the Year.