FIFA Ranking: Eagles position leaves sour taste- Gaiya

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The chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Sports, Hon Godfrey Gaiya, has reacted to the latest FIFA/Coca Cola ranking for the month of April which placed Nigeria’s Super Eagles as 45th globally and Africa’s eight-best team, as one which “leave s a sour taste in the mouth”.

Gaiya, who spoke to LEADERSHIP Weekend Sports from his base in Kaduna yesterday, said: “Honestly, it is not pleasant. We should not be here (in 45th place). We have the talent, tact, the capacity and the manpower to do better and, so, 45th in the world is not where we should be.

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“When I was far younger, in 1994, Westerhof was in charge and we were No 5 in the world. True, the game is changing, but, realistically, we have dropped 4o places! That ranking is not mirror of what we can do.”

Also, Gaiya pointed out that, as the ranking was released a few weeks after Keshi’s appointment as the Super Eagles’ coach, it bears a message for the coach and the nation’s football administrators.

“Now, it is ever more clearer that there is the need to do more to get the Eagles back to the top with the rest of them, where they belong. Eagles do not drop, they soar high and if we named our team the Super Eagles, it has to live up to its name,” Gaiya said.