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Eagles slump, ends 2014 outside top 40

African champions, Nigeria will end 2014 in 43rd place in the monthly Fifa rankings released by the world football governing body yesterday in Zurich.

HUMBLED: Super Eagles players listen to their coach before training ahead of the return clash with Sudan on Wednesday.
HUMBLED: Super Eagles players listen to their coach before training ahead of the return clash with Sudan on Wednesday.

The Super Eagles have dropped one place in the latest classifications and are now ranked as the ninth best football playing nation in Africa.

Nigeria amassed 656 points in the latest rankings.

Algeria, Tunisia, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Ghana, Guinea, Cape Verde and Cameroon are the African countries ranked above Nigeria in the latest rankings.

Former national team coach, Christian Chukwu was assistant to Dutchman, Clemens Westerhof when Nigeria attained their highest ever position in the rankings (fifth) and he described the latest development as “not good enough.”

“Our latest position in the rankings is not good enough but if we are to be honest the year 2014 was not a good one for the Super Eagles,” he said.

Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands are the top five countries, in that order, in the latest rankings.


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