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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Drops By 3 Spots, Now World 32nd

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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Drops By 3 Spots, Now World 32nd

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have dropped by three spots in the October edition of the FIFA ranking to place 32nd in the world.

This was after losing one of their two international friendly matches and drawing the other within the period under review.

In the ranking table on the website of the world football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1,488 points in the month of October as against 1,493 garnered in September.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Eagles had on Oct. 9 lost 0-1 to Algeria in an international friendly match and settled for a 1-1 draw in another with Tunisia on Oct. 13.

The drop in the global spot has also dropped the Nigerian national team to the fourth spot on the continent behind Senegal, Tunisia and Algeria respectively.

They had occupied the third position in September.

On the global scene, the podium remained unchanged even as 120 international fixtures were played in the month of October.

Qualifying games for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2021, and UEFA Nations League fixtures were among the 120 internationals played over the last month which resulted in significant movement.

While the podium remains the same, the gap has narrowed between top-ranked Belgium and their immediate pursuers, France and Brazil.

This was in the wake of the Red Devils‘ loss to England (4th) in the UEFA Nations League — their first defeat since November 2018.

However, there are changes to the top 10: Spain (6th, +1) and Argentina (8th, +1) swapped places with Uruguay (7th, -1) and Croatia (9th, -1) respectively.

Further down the classification, Denmark (13th, +3), Algeria (30th, +5), Paraguay (35th, +5), Morocco (39th, +4), Scotland (45th, +4), and Hungary (47th, +5) all progressed.

The Hungarians, known as the Magyars, broke into the top 50 at the expense of Bosnia and Herzegovina (51, -1).

The biggest climber this month was Malta (180th, +6), who jumped six places courtesy of victories over Gibraltar (195th, unchanged) and Latvia (142nd, -5) and a draw with Andorra (145th, -8).

Also worthy of note is the progress of Ecuador (60th, +4), Panama (77th, +4) and Israel (88th, +5).

 

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Manny Pacquiao Quits Boxing To Run For President

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Manny Pacquiao Quits Boxing To Run For President

Phillipian boxer, Manny Pacquiao has announced his retirement from boxing as he aims to become the new President of the Philippines in 2022.

The eight-division world champion disclosed his presidential intentions in a tweet, as he is already a Senator in the country since 2016

“I boldly accept the challenge of running as PRESIDENT of the Philippines.

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“We need progress, we need to win against poverty. We need the government to serve our people with integrity, compassion, and transparency.

“The time is now. I am ready to rise to the challenge of leadership.”

When asked about his fighting days, Manny Pacquiao told Toni Talks: “My boxing career?

“My boxing career is already over.

“It’s done because I’ve been in boxing for a long time and my family says that it is enough. I just continued [to box] because I’m passionate about this sport.

“I will just support other boxers for us to have a champion again.

Manny Pacquiao, 42, was last in action last month against Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas.

The former welterweight champion suffered a unanimous decision defeat to the Olympic silver medallist and hinted that his days fighting would soon come to an end.

In the post-fight press conference, a heartbroken Pacquiao said:

“In the future, you may not see Manny Pacquiao fight again in the ring.

“I don’t know. But for how many decades, I’m so happy with what I’ve done in boxing. I contribute a record in boxing also and to make boxing the top.

“And especially bring honor to my country and the Filipino people.

“I’m so proud to be a Filipino and thankful to all the fans all over the world.”

Rodrigo Duterte is the current incumbent, with the election to decide his successor scheduled for May 9, 2022.

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I Have No Issues With Messi – Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino says there are “no issues” with Lionel Messi after the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstar’s reaction to being substituted during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Ligue 1 rivals Lyon.

Messi had a puzzled look on his face as he walked past PSG head coach Pochettino, after being replaced by full-back Achraf Hakimi in the game’s 76th minute.

Pochettino and Messi briefly exchanged words before the latter sat on the bench next to surprised teammates.

READ ALSO: Mauricio Pochettino Returns To PSG As New Manager

He was making his home debut at the Parc des Princes following his blockbuster arrival from FC Barcelona.

Messi was involved in six shots (four attempts, two chances created) against Lyon.

Only Kylian Mbappe against Clermont (seven) has managed better in a league game so far this season for PSG.

A six-time Ballon d’Or winner, Messi also had 65 touches and made 48 passes with an accuracy of 83.3 percent.

Pochettino told a media conference: “I think everyone knows that we have many great players, with a 35-man squad.

We have to make choices, within the matchday squad and then during the game, keeping in mind what’s best for the team and every player.

Sometimes the decisions are positive, or not, but that’s what managers are there to do on the sidelines, to make decisions. It can please people or not.

I asked him how he was and he said he was fine, no issues.”

PSG secured victory over Lyon following a dramatic injury-time header from substitute Mauro Icardi to Mbappe’s cross, after Neymar’s penalty kick had earlier canceled out Lucas Paqueta’s opening goal.

Pochettino’s PSG is now five points clear of Marseille at the top of Ligue 1 after six wins from six games.

PSG has achieved a flawless start from their first six games for the third time after 2017/2018 and 2018/2019.

On both those occasions, they went on to be crowned champions.

“It’s very positive for us,” Pochettino said of their start to the Ligue 1 campaign.

After the difficult game (against Club Brugge in the Champions League), this was important for us. Lyon is a very good team that plays well.

We conceded that goal in the second half. The team needed to show some character.

We’re in a period where we’re trying a lot of things. We have to work on it in training, but it’s difficult because we have a game every three days, and the priority is that the players recover.

We can only do video sessions. It’s not an excuse, but we need to improve.”

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FIFA To Bring Football Competitions To Nigeria – Infantino

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FIFA President, Gianni Infantino on Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.

Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the Moshood Abiola national stadium.

The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.

READ ALSO: FIFA Declares Total Amount Spent On Transfers In 10 Years

He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.

We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.

“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (Moshood Abiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.

“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.

“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.

Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.

The FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.

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