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  •  United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
     United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
    Africa1 week ago

    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second

    The United States continues to lead the Women's World Ranking; Changes to the top three; A record 185 teams listed in the rankings.

    July 2022 was a busy month for women's football, with five major tournaments taking place around the world.

    In addition to UEFA Women's Euro 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.

    Since June 17, 2022, when the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement up the rankings.

    And while the USA (1st, -), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new challenger in the form of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up overtake Sweden (third, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Newly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    The relegations of the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1) and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in the Top 10 of this edition.

    Like the Lionesses, South Africa (54th, plus 4) also moved up four places thanks to their 2022 CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations title.

    Semi-finalists in that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are the team that has improved the most in this edition after ascending 23 positions.

    Nigeria (46th, minus 7), which surprisingly lost 1-0 to She-polopolo in the match for third place, recorded the biggest decline in terms of points (minus 69.33).

    Another notable improvement in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest placement (42, plus 9), after their third place in the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying record highs are Iceland (14 plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26 plus 1), Portugal (27 plus 3) and Zambia.

    Four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022: Cambodia (120, -), Turkmenistan (137, -) Timor-Leste (152, -) and Guinea-Bissau (169, -), giving the August edition of 2022 a record - breaking 185 FIFA member associations.

    Click HERE (https://fifa.fans/3QhktOi) to see the full standings.

    The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 13 October 2022, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Draw on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.

    Leader USA (no change) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Total games played 221 Most games played England, Philippines, Senegal (9 each) Most movement by points Zambia (plus 89.78) Most movement by ranks Zambia (23+ places) Biggest Drop by Points Nigeria (minus 69.33)Biggest Drop by Ranks Mexico (10+ places)Newly Qualified Teams Cambodia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-BissauTeams No Longer Qualified None

  •  FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
     FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
    General news2 weeks ago

    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th

    The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.

    At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.

    Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast  are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.

    South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

    Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.

    At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.

    In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

    Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.

    And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Euro slumps as recession risk stalks eurozone
    Euro slumps as recession risk stalks eurozone
     Euro slumps as recession risk stalks eurozone
    Euro slumps as recession risk stalks eurozone
    Foreign1 month ago

    Euro slumps as recession risk stalks eurozone

    The euro fell to its lowest level since 2002 on Tuesday and European stock markets sank as mounting recession risks sent shock waves across the region.

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    The shared currency fell as low as $1.0298, threatening a push back towards dollar parity.

    It also tanked as investors eyed aggressive interest rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve in its fight against inflation, in contrast to the European Central Bank, which plans more modest hikes.

    Stock indices in Frankfurt, London and Paris tumbled more than 1 percent in morning trading on heightened fears of a protracted economic downturn across Europe.

    Economic growth in the euro zone faltered in June, a key survey showed on Tuesday, hurt by rising consumer prices.

    S&P Global's monthly Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), which measures corporate confidence, fell to 52.0 in June from 54.8 in May.

    However, the reading, which was a 16-month low, remains above the 50-point level, signaling expansion.

    "Growing fears of a recession are hitting the euro lower, while the dollar is soaring on bets that the Fed will continue to hike rates aggressively to control inflation," City Index analyst Fiona Cincotta told AFP. .

    "Today's PMI data from Europe has highlighted the risk of slowing growth at the end of the second quarter and raises the prospect of a contraction in activity in the coming months."

    By contrast, most Asian stock markets closed higher on growing speculation that US President Joe Biden is about to remove some of the Trump-era tariffs on Chinese goods.

    However, the mood on the stock exchanges has turned increasingly gloomy in recent months, as observers warn that sharp interest rate hikes aimed at curbing price rises could trigger a contraction, exacerbating the uncertainty caused by Russia's war in Ukraine.

    Oil prices were mixed as traders assessed the market with demand outstripping supply.

    Investors were also aware of fresh Covid outbreaks in China that have led to city lockdowns.

    US markets were scheduled to reopen later Tuesday after the July 4 celebrations.

    – Key figures around 1000 GMT –Euro/Dollar: DOWN to $1.0301 from $1.0431 on Monday

    Pound/Dollar: LOW to $1.2040 from $1.2116

    Euro/pound: LOW to 85.59 pence from 86.09 pence

    Dollar/yen: UP to 135.76 yen from 135.69 yen

    London – FTSE 100: DOWN 1.2 percent to 7,144.11 points

    Frankfurt – DAX: DAJA 1.1 percent at 12,637.22

    Paris – CAC 40: DOWN 1.3 percent to 5,878.26

    EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 1.0 percent to 3,417.26

    Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 1.0 percent to 26,423.47 (close)

    Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: UP 0.1 percent to 21,853.07 (close)

    Shanghai – Composite: FLAT at 3,404.03 (close)

    New York – Dow: Closed for a holiday

    North Sea Brent crude: DOWN 1.4 percent to $111.88 a barrel

    West Texas Intermediate: UP 0.4 percent to $108.90 a barrel

  •  FIFA and FIFPRO join forces to combat social media hate speech
    FIFA and FIFPRO join forces to combat social media hate speech
     FIFA and FIFPRO join forces to combat social media hate speech
    FIFA and FIFPRO join forces to combat social media hate speech
    Africa2 months ago

    FIFA and FIFPRO join forces to combat social media hate speech

    The report highlights the problem of social media abuse targeting players and coaches during international tournaments; FIFA (www.FIFA.com) and FIFPRO to launch moderation tools to better protect participants; Educational support and mental health counseling will be provided to players at future FIFA tournaments.

    Download document: https://bit.ly/3QAS3A2

    FIFA has published an independent report (https://fifa.fans/3HyUX3S) to coincide with the United Nations International Day to Counter Hate Speech on Saturday 18 June, highlighting the increasing degree of abuse directed at footballers in social media platforms during international tournaments. .

    With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ kicking off in exactly five months, FIFA will work with FIFPRO, the global representative organization for professional footballers, to coordinate and implement a plan on how to protect teams, players, officials and participating supporters against abuse. on social media during their international tournaments.

    The newly released report, which used artificial intelligence to track more than 400,000 posts on social media platforms during the semi-final and final stage of two international competitions (UEFA EURO 2020 and Africa Cup of Nations 2021), identified that more than 50% of players received some form of discriminatory abuse, and much of that abuse came from the players' home nation. Homophobic (40%) and racist (38%) comments provided the majority of abuse, much of which remains posted on the accounts originally targeted.

    In response, FIFA and FIFPRO will launch a dedicated tournament moderation service for men's and women's football that will scan recognized hate speech posted on identified social media accounts and, once detected, prevent the recipient and their supporters from seeing that comment. . Although the offending message remains visible to the person who originally made the comment, its visibility and reach will be significantly reduced.

    The report also highlights that 90% of the accounts flagged by the study as having posted these abusive comments have a high probability of identification, and since the hidden comments will remain privately visible to FIFA and FIFPRO, it also means that said account activity could escalate to the relevant social platform(s) and law enforcement authorities so that further action can be taken.

    "Our duty is to protect football, and that starts with the players who bring so much joy and happiness to all of us with their exploits on the field of play," FIFA President Gianni Infantino said. “Unfortunately, a trend is developing where a percentage of posts on social media channels directed at players, coaches, referees and the teams themselves is not acceptable, and this form of discrimination, like any form of discrimination, is not acceptable. room in football. .”

    The FIFA President added: “With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the FIFA World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 on the horizon, FIFA and FIFPRO recognize that it is important to take a stand and include what is monitored. in social networks with what is already being monitored in the stadiums. We want our actions to speak louder than our words and that is why we are taking concrete steps to address the problem directly.

    “This detection is not only there to protect football and prevent the harmful effects these posts can cause, but also to educate current and future generations who interact with our sport on social media and on the field of play. We hope that by coming together on this issue, social media platforms will do the same and actively support us in being part of the solution."

    “This collaboration recognizes football's responsibility to protect players and other affected groups from the abuse they increasingly face in and around their workplace. This type of abuse has a profound impact on their personalities, their families, their performance, as well as their general well-being and mental health,” said FIFPRO President David Aganzo.

    The FIFPRO President added: “Online abuse is a societal issue and as an industry we cannot accept that this new form of abuse and discrimination affects so many people, including our players. Various player unions have done very good work on this topic which, in connection with our recently released report (https://bit.ly/3tLiUQ5) together with other player unions, gives us a lot of insights in addressing this issue. in the future. Research like the one in these reports is critical, but it must lead to action to provide prevention and remedy. We are pleased that this cooperation with FIFA is a constructive step in this direction."

    Through this partnership, FIFA and FIFPRO will also develop educational support, including best practice advice for managing social media accounts, and mental health advice for all players participating in FIFA tournaments during 2022 and 2023 and will implement the service of moderation while these competitions are taking place. .

  •  The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021 finalists for FIFA Pusk s Award announced
    The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2021: finalists for FIFA Puskás Award announced
     The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021 finalists for FIFA Pusk s Award announced
    The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2021: finalists for FIFA Puskás Award announced
    Africa7 months ago

    The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2021: finalists for FIFA Puskás Award announced

    All winners of The Best FIFA Football Awards ™ 2021 will be crowned on January 17

    ZURICH, Switzerland, January 4, 2022 / APO Group / -

    FIFA (www.FIFA.com) has announced the final nominees for the FIFA Puskás Award; the finalists of the other categories will be announced in the next few days; The virtual awards ceremony will be broadcast live from FIFA headquarters in Zurich on 17 January.

    FIFA has announced the finalists for the FIFA Puskás Award (https://fifa.fans/3qRfWHv). This award is awarded to the player who is considered to have scored the most aesthetically pleasing goal, regardless of the competition in which it was played and the player's gender or nationality. Who will succeed the 2020 winner Son Heung-min in claiming the coveted crown? The voting process for the 11 goals in the race ended on Friday, December 17, 2021 and the three finalists nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award are (in alphabetical order):

    Érik Lamela (ARG) (https://bit.ly/3ETdHYU) - Arsenal FC v. Tottenham Hotspur FC [Premier League] (March 14, 2021) Patrik Schick (CZE) (https://bit.ly/3ERht51) - Czech Republic v Scotland [UEFA EURO 2020] (June 14, 2021) Mehdi Taremi (IRN) (https://bit.ly/3F0l3u0) - Chelsea FC v. FC Porto [UEFA Champions League] (April 13, 2021)

    All winners of The Best FIFA Football Awards ™ 2021, including the winners of the FIFA Fan Award (https://fifa.fans/3qTVplE) and the FIFA Fair Play Award (https://fifa.fans/3eMQ9ue), will be crowned on January 17 during a television program broadcast live from FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

    Tomorrow (Wednesday 5 January), FIFA will announce the last three nominees for The Best FIFA Goalkeeper (https://fifa.fans/3FU3U6d) and The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper (https://fifa.fans/3qMtGTH). This will be followed on Thursday, January 6, by the announcement of the three finalists nominated for The Best FIFA Women's Coach (https://fifa.fans/3mXVV0J) and The Best FIFA Men's Coach (https://fifa.fans/3mXVV0J) ). Then on Friday, January 7, FIFA will present the three finalists for The Best FIFA Women's Player (https://fifa.fans/3HxQflH) and The Best FIFA Men's Player (https://fifa.fans/3nh4pQP) during an online event featuring FIFA Legends Kristine Lilly and Sami Khedira.

    To stay up-to-date with the latest news on The Best FIFA Football Awards, visit FIFA.com and check FIFA's accounts on Facebook (https://bit.ly/3qLOVVM), YouTube (https://bit.ly/ 3305tky) and Twitter (https://bit.ly/3HyRvFh).

    You can join the discussion on who should win the prizes using the hashtag #TheBest.

  •  FIFA Pusk s Award 11 best goals announced
    FIFA Puskás Award: 11 best goals announced
     FIFA Pusk s Award 11 best goals announced
    FIFA Puskás Award: 11 best goals announced
    Africa9 months ago

    FIFA Puskás Award: 11 best goals announced

    The voting and awarding process related to the FIFA Puskás Award is detailed in the respective Assignment Rules.

    ZURICH, Switzerland, November 29, 2021 / APO Group / -

    The race to determine the winner of the FIFA Puskás Award 2021 (FIFA.com) is underway. Who will succeed the 2020 winner Son Heung-min in claiming the coveted crown? The list of 11 finalists for the best goal during the awards period has been revealed and the candidates are as follows:

    Luis Díaz (COL) (https://bit.ly/3lj4FNT) - Brazil against Colombia [CONMEBOL Copa América] (June 23, 2021) Gauthier Hein (FRA) (https://bit.ly/3E4nxYx) - Chamois Niortais FC vs. AJ Auxerre [Ligue 2] (April 10, 2021) Érik Lamela (ARG) (https://bit.ly/3G2E1RD) - Arsenal FC - Tottenham Hotspur FC [Premier League] (March 14, 2021) Valentino Lazaro (AUT) (https://bit.ly/3E7B8OA) - Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach [Bundesliga] (November 8, 2020) Riyad Mahrez (ALG) (https://bit.ly/3lkpCbn) - Zimbabwe v Algeria [CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying] (Nov 16, 2020) Sandra Owusu-Ansah (GHA) (https://bit.ly/3G1apE9) - Kumasi Sports Academy Ladies FC vs. Supreme Ladies FC [Ghana Women’s Premier League] (May 8, 2021) Vangelis Pavlidis (GRE) (https://bit.ly/3E6lMdd) - Willem II vs. Fortuna Sittard [Eredivisie] (May 16, 2021) Daniela Sánchez (MEX) (https://bit.ly/2ZzbrHT) - Querétaro FC v. Athletic of San Luis [Liga MX Femenil] (January 16, 2021) Patrik Schick (CZE) (https://bit.ly/3p7kMzn) - Czech Republic v Scotland [UEFA EURO 2020] (June 14, 2021) Mehdi Taremi (IRN) (https://bit.ly/32w55tN) - Chelsea FC v. FC Porto [UEFA Champions League] (April 13, 2021) Caroline Weir (SCO) (https://bit.ly/313B0Sg) - Manchester City WFC v. Manchester United WFC [FA Women’s Super League] (February 12, 2021)

    The winner will be selected by an international jury made up of a panel of FIFA Legends and registered fans from around the world on FIFA.com. Each of the two groups of voters on the jury has the same electoral weight.

    The voting and award process related to the FIFA Puskás Award is detailed in the respective Assignment Rules (https://fifa.fans/3I2NJoN).

    To keep up to date with the latest news on The Best, visit FIFA.com (fifa.fans/3xdZ943) and FIFA's accounts on Facebook (bit.ly/30L7VKE), YouTube (bit.ly/3xdHucL) and Twitter (bit .ly / 3HHdYkv).

    You can join the discussion on who should win the prizes using the hashtag #TheBest

  •  Dollar up along with S P 500 ahead of US holiday
    Dollar up along with S&P 500 ahead of US holiday
     Dollar up along with S P 500 ahead of US holiday
    Dollar up along with S&P 500 ahead of US holiday
    Foreign9 months ago

    Dollar up along with S&P 500 ahead of US holiday

    Wall Street stocks were mostly up and the dollar rallied on Wednesday after a slew of mostly solid US economic data ahead of a holiday weekend.

    While European stocks remained pressured by concerns about renewed Covid-19 restrictions, two of the top three US indices advanced ahead of the Thanksgiving Thursday holiday, when US markets are closed, and the start of Black Friday from the next day's holiday shopping season.

    The broad-based S&P 500 finished just shy of an all-time high, as jobless claims hit their lowest level since 1969, while income and consumer spending rose more than expected.

    Not all reports were excellent. New home sales lagged behind expectations, while durable goods orders fell.

    "As we look forward to Thanksgiving, there is much to be thankful for in this fiscally stimulated recovery," said Gregory Daco of Oxford Economics.

    "Still, the recovery process is not complete, with spending on services well below its pre-pandemic trend, and the transition from public to private sector-driven growth will be delicate."

    Minutes from the Federal Reserve meeting revealed heightened concern over higher prices, as data showed inflation well above the central bank's two percent target, up five percent in October 2021 by comparison. with the previous year.

    The minutes added to expectations of a faster tightening of monetary policy.

    They also boosted the dollar, which was "supported by rising yields amid expectations of faster decline, stronger data and trouble for the eurozone with Covid cases on the rise," said ThinkMarkets analyst Fawad Razaqzada.

    - New Covid measures -
    Back in Europe, the DAX in Germany ended the day down 0.4 percent after an alliance of parties led by the center-left announced a deal to form the next government, putting the Social Democrats in charge by first time in 16 years.

    The transition comes as markets weigh the risk of additional Covid-19 restrictions in Europe.

    The European Union health agency on Wednesday called on member states to "urgently" introduce anti-Covid measures to reduce the potentially "very high" burden of the disease in December and January.

    Elsewhere, oil prices fell slightly in a partial reversal of Tuesday's rally in response to the announcement that the United States and five other countries would release oil from their strategic reserves.

    The director of the International Energy Agency on Wednesday called on OPEC and its allies to take steps to help bring oil prices down to "reasonable levels."

    Members of the OPEC + group of countries are scheduled to review their strategy at a meeting in December, including whether they will go ahead with previous plans to boost production.

    - Key figures around 2210 GMT -
    New York - Dow: DOWN less than 0.1 percent to 35,804.38 (close)

    New York - S&P 500: 0.2 percent higher to 4,701.46 (close)

    New York - Nasdaq: + 0.4 percent to 15,845.22 (close)

    London - FTSE 100: + 0.3 percent to 7,286.32 (close)

    Frankfurt - DAX: DOWN 0.4 percent to 15,878.39 (close)

    Paris - CAC 40: DOWN less than 0.1 percent at 7,042.23 (close)

    EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 0.2 percent to 4,276.25 (close)

    Tokyo - Nikkei 225: DOWN 1.6 percent to 29,302.66 (close)

    Hong Kong - Hang Seng Index: + 0.1 percent to 24,685.50 (close)

    Shanghai - Composite: + 0.1 percent to 3,592.70 (close)

    Euro / Dollar: DOWN to $ 1.1203 from $ 1.1248 at 2200 GMT

    Euro / Pound: DOWN to 84.02 pence from 84.07 pence

    Pound / Dollar: DOWN to $ 1.3330 from $ 1.3378

    Dollar / yen: UP to 115.41 yen from 115.14 yen

    North Sea Brent Crude: DOWN less than 0.1 percent at $ 82.25 per barrel

    West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 0.1 percent at $ 78.39 per barrel

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •  Statement By FIFA President
    Statement By FIFA President
     Statement By FIFA President
    Statement By FIFA President
    Africa12 months ago

    Statement By FIFA President

    I am urging everyone to ensure the release of international players for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers

    ZURICH, Switzerland, August 26, 2021/APO Group/ --

    “We have faced global problems together in the past and must continue to do so in the future. The release of players in the upcoming international windows is a matter of great urgency and importance. I am grateful for the support and cooperation from many stakeholders in the game during this challenging period.

    I am calling on a show of solidarity from every member association, every league, and every club, to do what is both right and fair for the global game. Many of the best players in the world compete in leagues in England and Spain, and we believe these countries also share the responsibility to preserve and protect the sporting integrity of competitions around the world.

    On the issue of quarantine restrictions in England, for players returning from red-list countries, I have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appealed for the necessary support, in particular, so players are not deprived of the opportunity of representing their countries in qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup™, which is one of the ultimate honours for a professional footballer. I have suggested that an approach similar to that adopted by the UK government for the final stages of the EURO 2020 be implemented for the upcoming international matches.

    Together we have shown solidarity and unity in the fight against COVID-19. Now, I am urging everyone to ensure the release of international players for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.”

  •  FIFA Ranking Nigeria drops by 3 spots now world 32nd
    FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops by 3 spots, now world 32nd
     FIFA Ranking Nigeria drops by 3 spots now world 32nd
    FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops by 3 spots, now world 32nd
    Sport2 years ago

    FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops by 3 spots, now world 32nd

    Nigeria’s Super Eagles have dropped by three spots in the October ranking to place 32nd in the world after losing one of it’s international friendly match and drawing another within the period under review.

    In the ranking table on the website of the world football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1488 points in the month of October as against 1493 garnered in September.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Eagles had on Oct. 9 lost 0-1 to Algeria in an international friendly match and settled for a 1-1 draw in another with Tunisia on Oct. 13.

    The drop in the global spot has also dropped the Nigerian National team to the fourth spot on the continent behind Senegal, Tunisia and Algeria respectively as against the third position it occupied in September.

    On the global scene, the podium remained unchanged even as 120 international fixtures were played in the month of October.

    Qualifying games for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2021, and UEFA Nations League fixtures were among the 120 internationals played over the last month which resulted in significant movement.

    While the podium remains the same, the gap has narrowed between top-ranked Belgium and their immediate pursuers, France and Brazil, following the Red Devils‘ loss to England (4th) in the UEFA Nations League – their first defeat since November 2018.

    However, there are changes to the Top 10: Spain (6th, +1) and Argentina (8th, +1) swapped places with Uruguay (7th, -1) and Croatia (9th, -1) respectively.

    Further down the classification, Denmark (13th, +3), Algeria (30th, +5), Paraguay (35th, +5), Morocco (39th, +4), Scotland (45th, +4), and Hungary (47th, +5) all progressed, with the Magyars breaking into the Top 50 at the expense of Bosnia and Herzegovina (51, -1).

    The biggest climber this month was Malta (180th, +6), who jumped six places courtesy of victories over Gibraltar (195th, unchanged) and Latvia (142nd, -5) and a draw with Andorra (145th, -8). Also worthy of note is the progress of Ecuador (60th, +4), Panama (77th, +4) and Israel (88th, +5).


    Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
    Source: NAN

  •  EU UN Spotlight Initiative project supports CSO on implementation tool
    EU-UN Spotlight Initiative project supports CSO on implementation tool
     EU UN Spotlight Initiative project supports CSO on implementation tool
    EU-UN Spotlight Initiative project supports CSO on implementation tool
    Health2 years ago

    EU-UN Spotlight Initiative project supports CSO on implementation tool

    Representatives of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative global project, targeted at eradicating Gender Based Violence (GBV), on Monday, received Family Life Health Education (FLHE) and Life Skills facilitation manual for possible implementation of the project in Nigeria.

    The FLHE manual was conceptualised and presented by Education Today for Sustainable Development Initiative (ETSDI) in Abuja and developed for the non-formal education sector in the country.

    Mrs Hadiza Doray, the Head, Spotlight Initiative Nigeria Programme Management Unit (PMU), said that the project is a 500 million EURO project involving 25 countries, including Nigeria and it needed a workable guide for implementation.

    The FLHE manual not only contains the modules for learning life skills but will also help users in the area of reproductive health.

    Doray said “women and girls need life skills that would ensure they were self reliant and help them to be assertive in situations that could lead to GBV.

    “We will be working very closely with CSOs and the PMU to pay monitoring visits to the field, and part of the things we will be assessing is whether this material has been distributed and used.

    “We will also be assessing if the beneficiaries’ capacities are being developed and to which level the manual has helped reshape their capacities to fight GBV.

    “We will assess if the manual has helped them acquire life skills, competencies and helping them know their rights and responsibilities.”

    Earlier, Mrs Glory Brendan-Otuojor, the Head of Programmes, ETSDI, said the FLHE and Life Skill Facilitation manual was developed with support from UNESCO to enhance non-formal education across the country.

    According to her, the manual became imperative because non-formal education curriculum existing in the country does not accommodate teaching of FLHE and life skills.

    She added that it was prepared to provide easy learning skills and enable facilitators to teach the modules with ease, and according to local needs and interest.

    She added that it had to be reviewed and validated by relevant stakeholders as it was already being implemented in Ebonyi and environs.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the implementation of the Spotlight Initiative project is being piloted in six states of the country, namely; Sokoto, Adamawa, Ebonyi, Lagos, Cross-River and FCT, for the next four years.

    The initiative, with focus on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is aimed at bridging the gap and eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls, be it rape, exploitation, assualt, and other forms of violence against the female gender.


    Edited By: Franca Ofili/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    Source: NAN