Former Super Eagles’ utility player, Garba ‘Chindo’ Lawal, has said that Nigeria’s recent drop on the FIFA rankings from 38th to 39th is inconsequential and should not bother the team ahead of the make or mar clash against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions in September.
Nigeria dropped a spot in the latest FIFA Rankings released Thursday, while World Cup rivals Cameroon dropped four spots down and are now 36th, despite featuring at the Confederations Cup.
The Eagles fell to an embarrassing 2-0 defeat at home to South Africa in an AFCON 2019 qualifier in June.
But Lawal believes the drop can only spur the Super Eagles to compound the woes of their Cameroonian counterparts when both sides clash.
“The important thing is for us to qualify for the World Cup. I don’t think the rankings matter. Success is very important and when you achieve it, other things will follow,” Lawal told AOIFootball.com.
Lawal however warned that Cameroon’s drop should not be underestimated, while further stressing that the national team handlers and the players must take the game in September seriously.
“I believe the players need to take the game against Cameroon seriously despite the drop of the Indomitable Lions on the rankings and their abysmal performance at the just concluded Confederations Cup; we must avoid any costly mistakes against them. I must mention however, they will also be down psychologically following their less than impressive display in Russia,” he concluded.
The Eagles are down to 6th in Africa while Cameroon are 5th.
Meanwhile, Eagles’ World Cup rivals, Algeria, have climbed five spots to 48th in the world and 8th in Africa.
Zambia moved seven places up and they are now 92nd in the world and 24th in Africa.
August 10 is the release date for the next FIFA rankings.