A former Green Eagles player, Folorunsho Okenla, says the exit of Cote d’Ivoire and Algeria from the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has made a mockery of the FIFA monthly ranking.

Okenla, who made the remark in an interview on Wednesday in Lagos, said the exit of Cote d’Ivoire and Algeria, Africa’s top ranked teams, was a mockery of the rankings.

Cote d’Ivoire, AFCON’s defending champions and currently ranked 34th on FIFA rankings, crashed out of the tournament after losing by a lone goal to Morocco on Tuesday.

Ivorian supporters watch on a giant screen the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group C football match between Morocco and Ivory Coast in Abidjan on January 24, 2017. AFP

Similarly, Algeria that is ranked 39th in the world also crashed out of the tournament from the group stage on Monday.

The Desert Foxes bade the 2017 AFCON goodbye, after battling to a pulsating 2-2 draw with Senegal who had already secured a berth in the quarter-finals at the expense of the Algerians.

“FIFA ranking is what it is, but competitions are meant to spring surprises, in competitions like this surprises do happen, it is an element of a great tournament.

“You will agree with me that before FIFA rates a nation there are different criteria put in place to ensure that the rating is fair.

“As a team, as you are planning to remain top grade, other teams are working towards knocking you off, that’s how it goes,’’ he said.


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