Coach Stephen Keshi has said he is shocked Nigeria have slipped in the latest FIFA rankings despite some impressive results lately.
Nigeria dropped three spots in the world rankings – from 33 to 36 – in the November FIFA rankings.
The African champions beat Ethiopia 2-0 in a 2014 World Cup play-off to qualify for the tournament finals on a 4-1 aggregate, last month.
They were also forced to a 2-2 draw by four-time world champions Italy in a friendly in London.
However, rather than enjoy a better ranking, they slipped.
Coach Keshi said “I am shocked (by the latest rankings). We won the Africa Cup of Nations this year, qualified for the World Cup and four-time world champions Italy held us to a draw, so I am surprised.”
However, Keshi said he will continue to lead the Eagles to victory.
“We should continue to win and make Nigerians proud because that is what is most important to me and Nigerians,” he said.
“If we remain in where ever we are in the ranking and keep winning and Nigerians are happy, then I am happy.”


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