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FIFA rankings unfavorable to Nigeria, Tunisia heading to World Cup.

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World Cup bound African teams experienced mixed fortunes in the latest FIFA rankings that were released on Thursday, less than a week to the opening of football’s biggest tournament in Russia.

Senegal, Morocco and Egypt improved by one position while Tunisia and Nigeria lost ground following unimpressive results in friendly games played ahead of the World Cup.



Tunisia which is still the highest ranked African team moved from the record 14th position to 21st position, while Nigeria moved from 47th to 48th position following friendly defeats to Serbia, England and Czech Republic.

Senegal, Morocco and Egypt all moved one place up from 28, 42 and 46 respectively.

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Summary of rankings since December 2017

December 2017

Senegal (23), Tunisia (27), Egypt (31), Morocco (40), Nigeria (51)

April 2018

Tunisia (14), Senegal (28), Morocco (42), Egypt (46), Nigeria (47)

June 2018

Tunisia (21), Senegal (27), Morocco (41), Egypt (45), Nigeria (48)

Africa’s World Cup opponents

Fans of the World Cup bound African teams will be hoping for impressive results despite the rankings and lukewarm performances in recent warm up matches.

How did their opponents fair in the latest FIFA rankings:

In Group A which features the Egyptian Pharaohs, the hosts Russia are ranked 70th which is the lowest of all 32 teams going for the World Cup, while Saudi Arabia and Uruguay are ranked 67 and 14 respectively.

Morocco’s Group B also has 2010 world champions Spain who are ranked 10, while reigning European champions Portugal are ranked 4, and the other team in the group Iran is ranked 37.

Nigeria’s opponents in Group D mostly stagnated in the latest rankings. Argentina is still ranked 5th in the world, Iceland remains at 22 while Croatia dropped two places from 18th to 20th.

Tunisia will be taking on England, Belgium and Panama in Group G, and they are ranked 12, 3 and 55 respectively.

The last of Africa’s representatives, Senegal will take on 8th ranked Poland, Colombia (16) and Japan (61).

Reigning world champions Germany are still ranked number 1, followed by five time world champions Brazil.

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Thailand pick March 24 for first general election

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Thailand Election Commission has confirmed its readiness to carryout their first election on March 24, chairman Ittiporn Boonprakong told the  newsmen.



The commission admitted that the elections would have been held on Feb. 24, but the military government expressed concern that election-related events would clash with early preparations for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, scheduled for May 4-6.

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In a statement, the Office of the Prime Minister said it would be inappropriate for election events to “unnecessarily coincide with the scheduling of the Coronation Ceremony.

The junta has pushed back the election several times for various reasons after overthrowing the democratically elected government of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in 2014,

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duo the delay has lead to street protests for months, but he said that there is need for everybody to maintain peace in-order to protect the image of  country.

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Former communication minister arrested over corruption in Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia’s former Communication Minister, Bereket Simon, has been arrested by the federal government at his residence in the capital, Addis Ababa, multiple news sources, state and private, have reported.



Simon is also a founding member of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF. Multiple local mdia channels are reporting that his arrest is in connection with corruption.

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Another arrested official is Tadesse Kassa, a former top civil servant. Simon was a member of the Amhara regional bloc in the EPRDF.

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His party, now the Amhara Democratic Party ousted him from executive committee membership.

Bereket resigned his position in government in October 2017 at the time as an advisor in charge of Policy Studies and Research to ex Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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