Former Nigeria goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has urged Gernot Rohr-tutored Super Eagles not to be distracted by the FIFA ranking ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

In the December 2017 ranking released by FIFA, Nigeria dropped one spot from 50th to 51st in the world and is ranked a distant 9th best team in Africa.   

But Rufai, a former goalkeeper training, urged the Super Eagles not to allow the drop in ranking to distract them from their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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“I think the FIFA ranking has nothing to do with expectations about the performance of the Super Eagles in any competition.

“The ranking involved some technical aspects. It has nothing to do with our performance, because the team is doing very well presently.

“I agree with this ranking, if we consider how we have played with the best teams in world. All that matters now is our preparations for any competition,” Rufai said.

The Super Eagles are due for some friendly matches, though none is confirmed, ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

They play their first 2018 World Cup game against Croatia on June 16, before taking on Iceland and Argentina in the group stage.

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