So the latest FIFA ranking came out and I found it curious that Nigeria is ranked 12 places ahead of Ghana. Now far from adding logs to an already fiery but fraternal rivalry, I couldn’t understand how they are deemed better than Ghana in the first place. But 12 places ahead? C’mon man. This on the backs of our quarter-final win over the Super Eagles at the Cup of Nations? I know our last friendly played a part but surely the quality of opposition should matter. Ghana lost 2-1 to Bosnia in Sarajevo while Nigeria won against the Democratic Republic of Congo 5-2. I am simply questioning the methods they use. At this rate, it wouldn’t surprise me if Coke bottle tops are used and depending on who in the room selects what, the rankings are made. In other sections of the table, Brazil went to the top ahead of Spain. Is that how it’s going to end in the summer or will Spain finally ride its golden generation to win one? Will the Argies ride Messi’s good form to leap from seventh on the table to best in the world?
In other news, watching the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Inter Milan made me wish this story was true in a way. Instead the man has come out to categorically refute the story. Bummer. This is no knock on our coach who I think is tactically very good. It’s just that if it were a possibility that he would join a technical team, why wouldn’t you embrace it. His insight in a tight match could be the difference between getting to the quarter-final for instance and getting out in the group stages. But then again, in Mourinho’s world there is only space for him. Add to that a crowded kitchen with too many cooks and the broth comes out looking unpalatable.
Not to mention the unfairness of it all. Coach Milovan Rajevac took us to our second successive World Cup and I think he has earned the right to make the call on who will join him on the technical bench, who will scout for him, what strategy to employ. After all, I am sure he wants to win as bad as the best of them.
Back to the match, does Sulley play a match and not ever get at least a yellow card? The guy was on for about 15 minutes and it seems inevitable that he would pick up a yellow.