Echiejile in action vs Algeria
Super Eagles’ left-back, Elderson Echiejile has dismissed the latest FIFA ranking where Nigeria dropped to 51st in the world despite impressive wins during the World Cup qualifiers and international friendly, saying the rankings do not bother him and other members of the team.
Echiejile, who spoke to from his base in Turkey, believes the World Cup is the ultimate goal for every Nigerian, while also urging fans not to read meaning in to the FIFA ranking as it’s not a true reflection of the country’s football strength.
“It’s a shame how we continue to drop in the rankings because last month we beat Argentina and we still dropped to 50th, now without playing a game in December, we drop again by one place. Honestly, its laughable.
Despite being the first African country to qualify for the World Cup without losing a single match, the Super Eagles head into next year’s Mundial as the lowest ranked African side and also are bottom in terms of ranking in their group with Argentina which they trashed last month 4th in the world, Croatia 16th and debutants Iceland 22nd.
However, the Eagles’ left-back is not disturbed and believes the world will be in for a shocker when the World Cup kicks off next summer.
“I have no doubt in my mind that we are going to do well at the World Cup. We know its not going to be an easy one for us but with the crop of players we have now I am positive we won’t disappoint millions of Nigerians.
“I don’t want to set a specific target yet but one thing I’m certain about is the fact that we will shock the world come next year in Russia,” Echiejile concluded.
The Super Eagles will open their World Cup campaign on the 16th of June against Croatia before squaring up against debutants Iceland and two- time world champions Argentina in their final Group D match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.