FIFA rankings: Nigeria retains 4th position in Africa

FIFA rankings: Nigeria retains 4th position in Africa

Nigeria has retained her fourth position in Africa but dropped two places from her previous 44th position in FIFA Coca Cola World Rankings released on Thursday. Nigeria also retained her 1,427 points from the previous list in December. The first ranking of the year also saw Asian champions, Qatar, climb to 55th in the world, gaining 38 places and reaching their best position since 1993. According to FIFA statement, the Asian Cup has been responsible for the notable changes in the rankings, with the scarcity of games in other confederations leaving the top 20 unchanged, and Belgium still in pole position. Further down the table, Qatar is not the only team to have ascended in spectacular style. Fellow finalists, Japan (27th, up 23) have also soared up the order, while Korea Republic (38th, up 15), United Arab Emirates (67th, up 12) and Jordan (97th, up 12), all registered double-digit gains. There were also significant upward moves by the likes of Iraq (80th, up 8), Iran (22nd, up 7) and Uzbekistan (89th, up 6). Another consequence of these changes is that Asia has boosted its numbers in the Ranking’s top 50. The Asian Football Confederation is now represented by four teams up, one on the last edition, and now stands level with Africa, whose numbers have been depleted by Congo DR (51st, down 2), dropping out. Meanwhile, Senegal retains her top spot among CAF teams with 1,505 points and 24th in the world with Tunisia following closely with 1,493 points on 28th place. Behind is Morrocco who garnered 1,440 points after descending three places, from 40th placed in the previous list to 43rd. The next rankings will be published on April 4. (NAN)

CAF Reschedules Dates For 2019 AFCON Kick-Off

CAF Reschedules Dates For 2019 AFCON Kick-Off

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to be hosted by Egypt had been initially scheduled to run from June 15 to July 13
CAF have rescheduled the dates of the 2019 AFCON tournament which will now start two weeks after the initial set plan.
However, the continental football governing body did not give reasons for the AFCON diary change which will see the tournament start on June 21 and conclude on July 19.
Some reports though suggest that the AFCON programme was altered to allow some players recover from the Ramadan fast. “The decision was taken following requests from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, who want their players to have time to rest after Ramadan,” tournament director and former Egypt international Mohamed Fadl was quoted by BBC.

CAF Reschedules Dates For 2019 AFCON Kick-Off

CAF Reschedules Dates For 2019 AFCON Kick-Off

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to be hosted by Egypt had been initially scheduled to run from June 15 to July 13
CAF have rescheduled the dates of the 2019 AFCON tournament which will now start two weeks after the initial set plan.
However, the continental football governing body did not give reasons for the AFCON diary change which will see the tournament start on June 21 and conclude on July 19.
Some reports though suggest that the AFCON programme was altered to allow some players recover from the Ramadan fast. “The decision was taken following requests from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, who want their players to have time to rest after Ramadan,” tournament director and former Egypt international Mohamed Fadl was quoted by BBC.

How Egypt Upstaged S’Africa to AFCON 2019 Hosting Right

How Egypt Upstaged S’Africa to AFCON 2019 Hosting Right

The inability of South Africa’s national team, Bafana Bafana, to have qualified for the continental football showpiece with a game in hand was a major factor that robbed the rainbow nation the chance to stage the tournament for the third time ahead of the Egypt that got the nod yesterday for a record fifth time.
Egypt won the right to host with 16-1 votes, the first time any country will be grabbing the slot with such wide margin.
The only vote South Africa won may have even come from its FA boss, Danny Jordaan, while one CAF Executive Committee member abstained from the process.
Before the announcement of Egypt as the host of the AFCON 2019, there were concerns that giving the rights to South Africa might raise a technical problem if Libya qualifies in March. That is likely going to increase the field to 25 as Cameroon, the original host country has already secured a ticket to the final.
In the last qualifying matches slated for March, South Africa must avoid defeat to host Libya to win the Group B runner up slot behind Nigeria who topped the pack with a game to spare.
Last December, Cameroon was stripped of the right to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations due to both serious delays in its preparations for the finals and the persistence of a violent separatist uprising close to two of the planned venues.
The AFCON 2019 is scheduled to take place from 15 June to 13 July, having been moved from January/February to avoid club-versus-country clashes.
Source: ThisDay

How Egypt Upstaged S’Africa to AFCON 2019 Hosting Right

How Egypt Upstaged S’Africa to AFCON 2019 Hosting Right

The inability of South Africa’s national team, Bafana Bafana, to have qualified for the continental football showpiece with a game in hand was a major factor that robbed the rainbow nation the chance to stage the tournament for the third time ahead of the Egypt that got the nod yesterday for a record fifth time.
Egypt won the right to host with 16-1 votes, the first time any country will be grabbing the slot with such wide margin.
The only vote South Africa won may have even come from its FA boss, Danny Jordaan, while one CAF Executive Committee member abstained from the process.
Before the announcement of Egypt as the host of the AFCON 2019, there were concerns that giving the rights to South Africa might raise a technical problem if Libya qualifies in March. That is likely going to increase the field to 25 as Cameroon, the original host country has already secured a ticket to the final.
In the last qualifying matches slated for March, South Africa must avoid defeat to host Libya to win the Group B runner up slot behind Nigeria who topped the pack with a game to spare.
Last December, Cameroon was stripped of the right to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations due to both serious delays in its preparations for the finals and the persistence of a violent separatist uprising close to two of the planned venues.
The AFCON 2019 is scheduled to take place from 15 June to 13 July, having been moved from January/February to avoid club-versus-country clashes.
Source: ThisDay