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Nigeria’s Super Falcons Drop In Latest FIFA Rankings

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Super Falcons Move Up To 38th In FIFA Women’s World Ranking

By Augustine Akhilomen

Nigeria’s Super Falcons have dropped three places in the latest FIFA rankings that were released on Friday. The drop from 36- 39 could be attributed to the team’s failure to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after losing out to Cote D’Ivoire on away goals rule.

Led by Chris Danjuma, the Falcons were held in both legs of their third-round Olympic Games qualifiers by Ivory Coast, who were ranked 69th at the time – but moved 6 places up by December.

Overall, Nigeria are still ranked the best on the continent (39th), with Cameroon [49th], South Africa [55th], Ghana [60th], Cote d’Ivoire [63rd], Equatorial Guinea [71st] Morocco [81st], Mali [82nd] and Algeria [84th] and Congo [101st] occupying the top 10 spots.

Globally, Brazil returned to the top 10 after Friday’s convincing 6-0 victory over Mexico, while world champions the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Sweden ended the year in the top five places of the world rankings.

The next edition of the women’s ranking will be released on March 27, 2020 – a week before the commencement of the 2020 African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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AFCON 2021: Ola Aina, Okoye Responsible For Super Eagles Loss To Tunisia, Says Okocha

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Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, has blamed two players for the elimination of Nigeria from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon by Tunisia.

Okocha said Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye and right-back, Ola Aina, should be held responsible for Tunisia’s match-winning goal against Augustine Eguavoen’s men.

Recall that Tunisia had last Sunday sent the Super Eagles packing from the AFCON in the Round of 16, thanks to Youssef Msakni’s second-half goal.

But Okocha believes Okoye should have saved Msakni’s long-range shot, while Aina would have fouled the Tunisia player before he took the shot.

“You expect when things go the wrong way that the goalkeeper might save the day but I thought he went a bit early to his right side and then it was difficult for him to adjust and make that save,” Okocha told SuperSport.

“It was a well taken shot there by the Tunisian and luckily for them that decided the game.”

On Aina, Okocha added: “You buy a foul, do something, stop the momentum of the game and let your players recover, but he made it easier for them.”

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AFCON 2021: Africa Should Be Proud Of Comoros, Says Drogba

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Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, has identified Comoros as the team Africa is proud of at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.

Drogba said this after Comoros was eliminated from the 2021 AFCON on Monday night.

Recall that Comoros was knocked out of the 2021 AFCON round of 16 tie against host nation Cameroon.

Debutants Comoros fought hard against Cameroon despite receiving a red card during the match.

However, they lost 2-1 against Cameroon.

“Waaah!!! What a team, what COURAGE, Africa is proud of this brave Comorian team @fedcomfootball,” Drogba tweeted.

Comoros had qualified for the AFCON round of 16 after beating Ghana 3-2 in their final group C match, sending the Black Stars back home.

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Super Eagles Must Concentrate On Beating Ghana For 2022 World Cup Ticket, Says Chukwu

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Former Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Christian Chukwu, has urged the Super Eagles to move on with future national assignments after crashing out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Chukwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday that the Super Eagles should put the AFCON competition behind them and focus on qualification for the World Cup in Qatar.

“It is clear that our AFCON trophy chase is over. Let us come home, take stock and plan for our world cup qualifying encounter with Ghana.

“Judging from my personal experience as a player and coach, the boys brought in their best and did their best in the AFCON competition.

“They fought gallantly in each match they played.

“I am not happy with the red card given to Iwobi in the last match played by the Super Eagles as it should be a mere warning. He did not deserve a card at all,” he said.

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