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Super Eagles drop two places in latest FIFA rankings

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped by two spots in the latest FIFA ranking to place 42nd in the world.

In the ranking table on the website of the world football governing body, on Thursday, the Eagles dropped 16.04 points to rank 1474.44 points as against 1490.48 in October.

However, the drop did not affect the team’s placement on the continent, as it still remained the 6th team on the continent, behind Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt, respectively.

The drop in ranking comes after the Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw in their two 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Lesotho on Nov. 16 and Zimbabwe on Nov. 19.

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Although Argentina (1st) still leads the way ahead of France (2nd), England (3rd, up 1) is now in the trio of teams at the front of the pack, followed by Belgium (4th, up 1), who have also climbed one place.

Although Brazil (5th, down 2) have lost ground following back-to-back defeats by Colombia and Argentina, they have clung on to their place in the top 5.

The Netherlands (6th, up 1) and Portugal (7th, down 1) have traded places in the top 10, which is once again completed by Spain (8th), Italy (9th) and Croatia (10th).

Uruguay (11th, up 4) have made solid progress, but they have to be content with a place just outside the top 10.

The Comoros Islands (119th, up 9), meanwhile, enjoyed an even better month with wins against the Central African Republic and Ghana, and have two reasons to celebrate as they are now in 119th place, their highest-ever position.

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Kosovo (101st, up 4) may not have climbed as many positions as the Comorans, but the Kosovans are also now higher in the ranking than ever before.

Guinea-Bissau (103rd, up 7), Azerbaijan (114th, up 6), Libya (120th, up 6), Malaysia (130th, up 7) and Rwanda (133rd, up 7) are the other big movers in the November ranking.

The ranking also had the re-entry of Samoa (187th), American Samoa (188th) and Tonga (196th), who were all playing international football again following months of inactivity.

The ranking took into consideration FIFA World Cup qualifiers that took place in African countries as well as in Asia and South America.

The other confederations’ schedules considered included UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying matches, Concacaf Nations League 2023-24 encounters and the Pacific Games 2023.

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These matches all had a significant effect on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, including on the make-up of the podium.

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Paris Games: Reps back Team Nigeria with N100m

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Paris Games: Reps back Team Nigeria with N100m

The House of Representatives on Wednesday announced the donation of N100 million to Nigeria’s 2024 Olympics and Paralympics contingent to the forthcoming Games billed for Paris, France.

The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, who presided over the plenary in the absence of the Speaker, Tajudden Abbas, disclosed this when the House hosted the Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, who was in the Green Chamber to unveil Team Nigeria’s Olympics and Paralympics kits.

 

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Kalu disclosed that the N100m, which will come from the lawmakers’ earnings, was in honour of Ekene Adams, the lawmaker, who until his death on Tuesday, chaired the House Committee on Sports.

“The money is coming from our salaries,” Kalu, who spoke on behald of the Speaker, stated.

“In honour of our late colleague, Hon Ekene Abubakar Adams, and our commitment to supporting our Olympians, the House of Representatives and all its members will make a personal contribution towards the success of the Olympics and to support our Nigerian athletes. Your journey to Paris is not just a quest for medals but a mission to elevate the spirit of our nation. I call on all well-meaning Nigerians to emulate this gesture of the House and support our athletes.

“We are confident in your (athletes) abilities and are certain that the memories of this session will remain fresh in your minds, spurring you on to achieve record-breaking performances. Go to Paris with a clear mindset, dedication and determination to surpass our previous records. We believe in you and know you will make us proud.

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“As you embark on this significant journey, remember that you are ambassadors of Nigeria. Promote our national pride, values and ethos in all your endeavours at the Olympics. The House stands in solidarity with you, praying for your success and wishing you the very best,” Kalu added.

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Similarly, the Chairman, House Committee on Army, Balele Aminu, donated the sum of $2,000 to Team Nigeria.

Some of the Athletes, who spoke during the session, commended the lawmakers for their overwhelming support for the team and promised to make the country proud throughout the sporting event.

The Olympic Games hold from July 26 to August 11.

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De Laurentiis open to €100m, swap deal for Osimhen

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De Laurentiis open to €100m, swap deal for Osimhen

The protracted exit of Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen from Napoli may be over in the next 10 days as the Italian club hopes to complete the deal before the second phase of their pre-season training.

Napoli are prepared to part ways with the 25-year-old, who has a €130m release clause, which has been a clog in his transfer since the start of the summer window.

 

Also read: Osimhen prefers Arsenal, Chelsea to PSG move

 

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According to reports in Italy, PSG don’t want to spend more than €100m for Osimhen, just as Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is open to discussing €100m plus a player swap with the French giants, being the only club to have submitted an offer for the striker.

PSG rejected a €200m offer for Osimhen and Georgia international Khvicha Kvaratskhelia a few days ago, but the Ligue 1 giants are ready to reignite the pursuit of the Nigerian.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport, the Partenopei hope to reach an agreement with the Ligue 1 side within the next ten days.

Gazzetta and Corriere dello Sport also report that PSG may offer €100m soon, but the proposal may include one of their players as well.

On Monday night, Sky Sport Italia also reported that PSG were willing to let Napoli choose between three of their footballers for a player-plus-cash swap deal.

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Corriere dello Sport insists that De Laurentiis expects to sell Osimhen for close to €130m, but is still open to discussing potential swap deals.

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It remains to be seen if Osimhen will fancy a return to France, as he is reportedly interested in joining a Premier League club. Napoli had also expected offers from English clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea, but that has not happened.

The former Italian champions are prepared to sell Osimhen and replace him with Romelu Lukaku, so they hope to reach an agreement within the next ten days, before the second part of the pre-season at Castel Di Sangro.

Meanwhile, Osimhen had resumed pre-season training with Napoli, and new coach Antonio Conte was left impressed by his attitude despite not having him in his plans for next season.

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I’ll give my life to Madrid’s success, says Mbappe at unveiling

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I’ll give my life to Madrid’s success, says Mbappe at unveiling

French superstar, Kylian Mbappe, was officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Tuesday, telling 80,000 fans “my dream has come true.”

The striker, who had completed his medical earlier on Tuesday morning, signed a five-year contract and was handed a No. 9 shirt by club president, Florentino Perez.

 

Also read: Euro 2024 campaign a failure – Mbappe

 

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“Wow,” Mbappe said in Spanish to roars from a packed Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

“For years, I’ve dreamed of playing for Real Madrid and today, my dream has come true,” said the 25-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain player.

“I’m a happy boy. I’m going to give my life for this club,” said Mbappe.

Accompanied by his parents watching from the crowd and with a former French hero of the club, Zinedine Zidane, in attendance, Mbappe was emotional as the crowd chanted his name, and at one point kissed the jersey of the reigning Spanish and European champions.

Mbappe is “an exceptional player who comes to help us continue winning, a player who today fulfils the dream of his life,” said Perez. “Welcome to your home.”

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Although his new teammates began training on Monday, the forward, who captained France during their unsuccessful Euros campaign, will have a few more days off before kicking off his season in the Spanish capital.

The unveiling of Real’s latest Galactico allowed its fans to continue celebrating following Spain’s Euro 2024 triumph on Sunday.

The crowd was expected to be bigger than that 15 years ago when Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled.

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The free tickets were snapped up rapidly with some fans reportedly trying to resell them to take advantage of the hype surrounding the arrival of arguably the world’s best striker.

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At Real, Mbappe will form part of an offensive trio alongside England midfielder Jude Bellingham and Brazil attacker Vinicius Junior under the watch of veteran Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti.

That prospect is already exciting fans of the club who won their 15th Champions League title in June.

Los Blancos begin the defence of their La Liga crown with a match against Real Mallorca on the weekend of August 17-18.

Mbappe’s debut might have to wait until the following week when Real Madrid face Real Valladolid who were recently promoted from the second division.

Number 9 Mbappe shirts went on sale last Thursday in Real’s club shops which are covered with his image.

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Mbappe arrives after a personally disappointing Euros campaign, where he was overshadowed by Spain’s new teenage sensation Lamine Yamal of Madrid’s rivals Barcelona and France lost to Spanish in the semi-finals.

That followed a difficult season with PSG following his decision not to renew his contract, with the striker — who was the Paris club’s all-time top scorer — admitting he felt “liberated, relieved” by his transfer to Real.

The club is hoping to offset the costs — a salary of at least 15 million euros ($16.3 million) per season and a signing bonus of more than 100 million euros — through sponsorship deals and ticket and merchandise sales.

Mbappe is hoping the move will finally see him win a Champions League and the Ballon d’Or, two of his lifelong objectives.

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