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Nigeria drops in latest FIFA World Ranking

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The Super Eagles have dropped one spot down from 38 to 39 in the new FIFA world ranking published on Thursday.

But Nigeria maintained its fourth position on the continent.

Egypt remain first in Africa but also dropped from 20th to 24th in the world while Senegal maintained the 27th spot.

Cameroon, Nigeria’s next World Cup qualifier opponent, also dropped from 32nd spot to 36th but are still third in Africa.

South Africa moved a spot up from 65th to 64th after defeating Nigeria in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier game on July 10.

Germany are now ranked number one in the world after the heroic triumph against Chile at the just concluded Confederations Cup in Russia on Sunday.

The top 10 national teams in the world rankings are as follows:

Germany(1st)

Brazil (2nd)

Argentina (3rd)

Portugal (4th)

Switzerland (5th)

Poland (6th)

Chile (7th)

Colombia (8th)

France (9th)

Belgium (10th)

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Tobi Amusan wins 100m hurdles gold

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Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has won the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The world champion successfully defended her title at the Alexander stadium on Sunday.

This is coming days after she won gold and bagged the world record at the World Athletics Championships in the US.

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Ligue 1: What PSG coach said about Messi after bicycle goal against Clermont

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Paris Saint-Germain manager, Christophe Galtier has hailed Lionel Messi after the Argentine forward scored a bicycle kick in his side’s 5-0 win over Clermont in the Ligue 1 fixture on Saturday evening.

Galtier watched as PSG cruised to their first win of the new Ligue 1 season, with a 5-0 victory away to Clermont.

A brace from Messi and a goal each from Neymar, Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos gave PSG the win over Clermont.

Messi scored an overhead kick, which even got the opposition fans on their feet to applaud him in the second half of the encounter.

Speaking after his side’s win, Galtier said of Messi during his post-match press conference: “I spoke with Leo during our stay in Japan and with the defensive sector as well to ensure that he can perform well all the time.

“He has a very sharp, very clear tactical sense. He quickly sees where he has to put himself, and the way he positions himself to play, he’s in an area he likes. He likes to play with the players around him. When Leo smiles, the team smiles too.

“He has been playing at a very high level for 17 years. He had a difficult season last year, he was getting used to it.

“All seasons before, it was a minimum of 30 goals. From the moment he has made complete preparation, that he has his bearings in terms of his family life and his club, his team and his partners, there is no reason for him not to have a great season. When he is playing with Kylian, we’ll have even more offensive power.”

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Ronaldo finally gets Champions League club as another defender set to leave Old Trafford

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Turkish side, Galatasaray, have entered the race to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, according to Marca.

Before now, it has been clubs from Saudi Arabia and Brazil showing interest in the 37-year-old striker who is reportedly desperate to find a new club this summer.

Ronaldo wants to play in the Champions League next season and Galatasaray can make that possible for him.

The Turkish SuperLig side have come forward and are interested in the forward.

Ronaldo is lacking options from Europe’s elite clubs as many have rejected the chance to sign him.

The stories started when the player liked an Instagram comment asking him to move to the Turkish club.

Meanwhile ,Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly is set to become the second defender to quit Old Trafford for Sevilla this summer.

Bailly is set to join Alex Telles in Seville as he has been told he can leave United as new manager Erik ten Hag looks to reduce the size of his squad.

TalkSports reports that the centre-back has been offered the chance to join United teammate Alex Telles in Andalusia.

TalkSPORT believes Bailly, whose United career has been ravaged by injury, is open to making the move to LaLiga.

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