Thursday 4 April 2019

Nigeria Green Eagles Climb up 42nd in the World, 3rd in Africa in April FIFA Ranking as Osaze Odemwingie retires from football

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are now 42nd in the world, according to the FIFA rankings published on the federation’s official website on Thursday.

It means Gernot Rohr’s men have risen four places from last month.

In the last month, the Eagles have played two competitive games and won both. Nigeria rounded off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series, with a 3-1 win over Seychelles, before beating Egypt 1-0 three days later in an international friendly.

The Eagles are now ranked third in Africa, only below Senegal and Tunisia.

The top five in the world are: Belgium, France, Brazil, England and Croatia.

Still in the world of sports, the former Super Eagles forward, Osaze Odemwingie, has announced his retirement from football.

The 37-year-old was capped for Nigeria more than 60 times, scoring at the 2014 World Cup.

Odemwingie also scored 36 goals in 129 Premier League appearances between 2010 and 2016.

He told Sky Sports, “It’s an emotional day, so many memories go through your head.

“I didn’t know how to do it or where to do it, but I think this is the right place to do it.

“Wembley is a place with a lot of history in football.”

Odemwingie, whose last professional appearances came for Indonesian side, Madura United in 2017, revealed he intends to embark on a coaching career.

“The next chapter is slowly building up to a coaching career and hopefully, I will be coaching in the Premier League one day,” he said.

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