Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been ranked 52nd best football nation in the world by the latest ranking released on Thursday, March 15, by FIFA. There is no change in this latest FIFA ranking by the world football Governing body as Nigeria were also ranked 52nd best in the February FIFA ranking edition. The Super Eagles are still maintaining their 7th position in Africa as they fell behind Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco, Congo DR, Senegal and Tunisia. Tunisia are ranked first in Africa in the latest FIFA ranking and they stay 23rd in the world, while Senegal are second in Africa and occupy 27th position in the world. Nigeria will face Poland and Serbia this month, and wins for the Super Eagles in these two games could change their ranking in the next edition of the FIFA ranking. The Super Eagles will first face Serbia on March 23rd, and four days later, the three-time African champions will face Poland. Meanwhile, Germany are still maintaining first position while Brazil are placed second while Portugal occupies the third position.
Messi wants an El Classico Champions League quarter final pairing
Lionel Messi has wished Barcelona will be drawn to face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter finals; Don Balon reports. The Catalans cruised into the next round last night after battering Chelsea 3-0 at the Nou Camp courtesy of a brace from Messi and a goal from Ousmane Dembele. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner could not hide his emotions when he achieved his latest milestone. “I’m happy to have reached 100 goals in such a beautiful competition,” he added. “But the important thing was to move forward in a difficult match against a team with lots of really good players. “I’m happy with how it all happened. “This was a tough match and we were strong as a team. “When we scored the third, the tie was practically ours.” Spanish media outlet, Don Balon, reported Messi is already eyeing a last eight match with Los Blancos when the draw are made on Friday,
March, 16. The contest will be all about Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the Argentine scored his 100th Champions League goal against Chelsea but still falls behind the Portuguese who has 117.
It was also reported in Spain Ronaldo wanted a fixture with their rivals in Real Madrid’s players Whatsapp group recently. Barca are 15 points ahead of Real in La Liga and have beaten the defending Champions 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the domestic scene this season. The title race for Zidane’s side is technically over but will also clash in La Liga match at the Nou Camp which might hand Eneresto Valverde’s side the title.
By Mercy Kukah