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FIFA RANKINGS: Keshi dismisses new rating

Head coach of the Nigeria national team, Stephen Keshi says he’s not moved by Super Eagles’ latest rise in the monthly FIFA rankings.

Nigeria moved up three places in the latest rankings released on Wednesday after climbing up three places.

Coach of the Nigerian football team Stephen Keshi speaks to journalists at the airport in Abuja on February 12, 2013. The newly crowned African champions Nigerian Super Eagles arrives in Abuja to a warm reception by fans and government officials after defeating Burkina Faso to win the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa. AFP PHOTO
Coach  team Stephen Keshi AFP PHOTO

While Keshi admits that it’s good news, he however revealed that a rise in the rankings is not the most important thing in his agenda as he continues his rebuilding process with the national.

“If Nigerians are happy with the rise in the rankings, then I am also happy with that too but to be perfectly honest with you, that’s not what I am most concerned about.

“I am concerned about providing things that Nigerians will be happy about,” Keshi said on Wednesday.

The gaffer revealed that he has trained his sights on getting “decent results” in the upcoming 2014 FIFA world cup qualifiers away to Kenya and Namibia in June as well as the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

“Right now, I am focused on the upcoming friendly against Mexico and more importantly, the games against Namibia and Kenya next month.

“Also, the big one in Brazil; (the FIFA Confederations Cup) where we will meet some of the best teams in the world.

Victories in the matches we will play in the coming days will make Nigerians happier.

The  Super Eagles have moved three places up in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, May 9, by the world football governing body, FIFA.

The Eagles, who were out of the top 30 in the world in April are now ranked 28th in global football. The Stephen Keshi led side maintained their fourth place in Africa behind Ivory Coast, Ghana and Mali.

However, there are no changes in the top ten positions.

Spain continue to top the table ahead of Germany and Argentina, followed by Croatia and Portugal. The only movers within the top 20 are Switzerland (14th, up 1) and Belgium (15th, up 1), who have both climbed one place, overtaking Mexico (16th, down 2).

Belgium have achieved their highest-ever ranking, as have Albania, who have moved up five places to 43rd.


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