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Instability responsible for Eagles’ poor FIFA ranking, says Akpoborie


Super-EaglesFORMER Super Eagles’ striker, Jonathan Akpoborie, has attributed the dip in the team’s FIFA rating to instability in the national team, as well as frequent change of coaches.

In the latest ranking released for the month of November, FIFA ranks Nigeria 14th in Africa, and 66th in the world. This is a fall from October’s rating of 12th in Africa and 59th in the world.

Belgium, a nation with a population of about 11 million, will end the year as the best team in the world.

Speaking to The Guardian, the former VfB Stuttgart star said, “The question is, has our football risen since 1995? To me, it has not.

“Our people should stop worrying themselves over FIFA’s rating because we do not win matches regularly. It is only when we play football and win matches that our ranking can improve,” he said.

The Delta State-born former striker added: “Obviously, the way we do things in this country will not allow us produce results the way we expect. The frequency with which we hire and fire coaches will not help us. Each time a new coach is employed, he talks about rebuilding a new team. You cannot be rebuilding and still be sacking coaches and expect to do well in matches.

“As you win, the ranking improves and when you do not, it dips. It is what is programmed into the computer that it will bring out. Ranking does not record how well you play, but the wins in your games. What makes the difference is when you win matches, not how you won them. It has been a very long time that Nigeria played well.”

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