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BREAKING NEWS: FIFA Releases New World Ranking

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Football governing body, FIFA, has released its latest monthly ranking.  

According to the latest ranking posted on FIFA website early this morning, Nigeria’s Super Eagles are ranked 44th in the world and 6th in Africa.

This means the coach Stephen Keshi led Eagles will head into the 2014 World Cup tournament starting on 12 June as the lowest ranked team in Group F as all Nigeria’s opponents are ranked above.

South American power house, Argentina are ranked 5th, Bosnia and Herzegovina are in the 21st position while Asian representatives, Iran are ranked 43rd in the world.

The Super Eagles got to 44th in the world and sixth in Africa in the last edition of the ranking.

Nigeria polled a total of 640 points and will be looking at gathering more points to rise up on the log.

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* Iran national team players

FIFA statement informed that results of international friendly games up to May 30 were put into consideration for the ranking, which cuts across 67 friendly matches plus continental qualifiers in CAF (26 matches), the AFC (16) and CONCACAF (3).

It could be recalled that the Super Eagles played 2-2 and 0-0 draws in their last two friendly matches againstScotland and Greece respectively.

Meanwhile, Algeria is now the highest ranked African team, moving up three places to now place 22nd in the world.

Côte d’Ivoire slumped down to two places to 23rd and 2nd in Africa, while Egypt, who will not be at the World Cup went down twelve places to 36th in the world.

* Super Eagles' players in Philadelphia, USA

* Super Eagles’ players in Philadelphia, USA

In the overall ranking, Brazil steadily found its way to third position with Spain and Germany unchallenged in the first and second positions respectively.

Argentina and Switzerland moved two places up to fifth and sixth positions respectively on the log.

The next ranking would be made after the World Cup tournament in Brazil,which ends 13 July.

Source: FIFA

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  1. Adewale opeyemi

    June 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Switzerland did nt go to world cup. Y was there rated as number 5. Total rubbish.

  2. festus

    June 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Fifa don try for naija, I been no xpect say dere name go even come out

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Social media spreads what you feed it – Ruggedman tells Lai Mohammed

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Social media spreads what you feed it – Ruggedman tells Lai Mohammed

Ruggedman, Nigerian Rapper has stated that social media spreads what it is fed with.

The rapper said this in response to calls for social media regulation by Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed.

 

RuggedMan tackles Lai Mohammed

Information Nigeria recalls that Lai Mohammed had said there is a need to regulate social media before it destroys the country.

RuggedMan tackles Lai Mohammed

Reacting to Lai Mohammed’s call for social media regulation, the famous rapper asked the Nigerian government to feed social media with contents of their completed projects and earn accolades rather than advocate for its regulation.

According to the musician, only those who are afraid of their failures being exposed are afraid of social media.

He tweeted, “Who is us? Social media spreads what you feed it. Feed social media with positive works you have done and it will be spread it. You will in turn get respect and accolades. Only those who do not want their unproductive, failed selves exposed are afraid of social media. #DoYourWork.”

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Protest against police brutality: Protesters loot shopping mall in Philadelphia (Video)

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Protest against police brutality: Protesters loot shopping mall in Philadelphia (Video)

Protesters in have taken to the streets to break into and loot into businesses for a second night after officers in Philadelphia shot and killed a black man who was holding a knife in an encounter that city officials say raises questions.

The protests began after a Philadelphia Police officer fatally shot a Black man in West Philadelphia.

Protesters gathered in West Philadelphia around 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, and marched to the 18th District police headquarters.

Also, Tuesday night, the lawyer for the family of Walter Wallace Jr., who was shot dead by police, said the family had called for an ambulance, not police, to get him help with a mental health crisis.

The death of Walter in front of his family members sparked outrage, which in turn sparked demonstrations and then lootings as hoodlums took advantage.

Philadelphia police said that two officers were hurt during Tuesday night’s unrest, but they didn’t reveal the extent of their injuries.

Along with the protest, more looting occurred in the city Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday, despite Wallace Jr.’s family’s denunciation of such actions.

Many cars could be seen pulling up to the shopping centers as people ran in and out of stores with carts full of merchandise and even televisions. Police would move in and scatter the looters, but people would sometimes return once the officers left.

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Peace and security will be restored in the country– President Buhari Tells Nigerians

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Peace and security will be restored in the country– President Buhari Tells Nigerians

The President has reminded Nigerians of the need to guard jealously the unity of the nation which was won at great cost.

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested Nigerians to refrain from words and actions that could threaten the progress and unity of the country.

The President made the appeal during the launching of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day (AFRD) Emblem and Appeal Fund in Abuja on Wednesday October 28.

At the ceremony, President Buhari said this year’s occasion reminds Nigerians of the need to guard jealously the unity of the nation which was won at great cost.

The President, who stressed that ‘‘Nigeria’s strength lies in her diversity’’, honoured the memory of the nation’s fallen heroes and veterans, recounting their sacrifices during the First and Second World Wars, the Nigerian Civil War and Peace Support Operations around the world.

He also paid tribute to men and women currently engaged in internal security operations, particularly the ongoing fight against insurgency, terrorism and armed banditry in some parts of the country, praising them for remaining steadfast in the difficult task of restoring peace and security despite the coronavirus pandemic.

”We honour the memory of our gallant officers and men who have paid the supreme sacrifice in order to keep the country united as one entity.

‘The nation remains grateful for the efforts and sacrifice of the Armed Forces especially in the fight against insurgency and other internal security challenges confronting Nigeria.

‘The Armed Forces Remembrance Day or Veterans Day as it is known in some parts of the world is an important event observed in commemoration of the end of the Second World War.

In Commonwealth member countries, the Remembrance Day is observed on 11th November yearly. However, for us the date was changed to 15th January annually to accommodate the commemoration of the end of the Nigerian Civil War’’ he said.

On security operations in the North West and North Central zones in the country, President Buhari expressed delight at the return of normalcy in some of the areas that previously witnessed security challenges.

”Our dear nation has witnessed numerous security challenges since independence.

”These security threats have undermined Nigeria in the areas of trade, investment and economy, education, health as well as agriculture and frequently denied Nigerians the freedom of movement.

”I am however pleased to state that a lot has been achieved in the Internal Security operations in the North West and North Central zones where in addition to Operations LAFIYA DOLE, HADARIN DAJI, HARBIN KUNAMA, WHIRL STROKE, other operations such as ACCORD, SAHEL SANITY and KATSINA were successfully launched.

”This has led to the return of normalcy in some of the affected areas. However, all hands must be on deck to check attacks on soft targets, ” he said.

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