Keshi Downplays Eagles' Rise In Ranking


Keshi: Nigeria's Coach

Despite leaping three places in the FIFA/Cocacola monthly ranking, Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi is not carried away by the ranking. He noted that the ranking has no significance for now.

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According to the June edition of the ranking released yesterday by the world’s football governing body, FIFA, Nigeria, which had in the last six months fell in the pecking order, going down as far as 63rd last month, leaped three places to the 60th position this month.
Although the Super Eagles lost two straight friendly matches, the team, however, picked the valuable three points in their opening Group F match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, after beating the Brave Warriors of Namibia 1-0 in Calabar last weekend. Nigeria will be going into Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Malawi with the new Ranking.
The former Hawks of Togo and Eagles of Mali coach said he is poised to change the fortune of the team by ensuring that the team qualify for the 2013 Nations Cup and the 2014 World Cup by winning all their matches.
“The ranking is good but I’m not carried away by it, instead we would be concentrating on our games; matches are not determined by ranking but on the field of play.”
By Adebobola Alawode