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Nigeria, Italy Ranked in Top 10 Most Valuable Teams That Will Miss 2022 FIFA World Cup
- Nigeria will not take part at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, having been edged out by Ghana
- The Super Eagles are now ranked the sixth most valuable team that will miss the global showpiece
- Italy also failed to qualify for the Mundial and have been ranked the most valuable team to miss the tournament
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been ranked among the top ten most valuable teams that will miss out on the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Nigeria failed to qualify for the Mundial after they were edged out by bitter rivals Ghana, who proceeded to the tournament via the away goals rule.
Safebettingsites.com conducted a survey which shows that Italy, who are currently sixth in the FIFA rankings, top the list of most valuable teams out of the tournament.
The four-time world champions, who have made 18 previous World Cup appearances, have an estimated team value of €579million.
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With an estimated worth of €255.45million, Nigeria's Super Eagles, who are ranked 32nd by FIFA, are the sixth most valuable national team that will miss the World Cup.
Ivory Coast have a team estimated to be worth around €382.95million, and also failed to qualify for the global showpiece. They are second on the list.
Mali are ninth on the list, as the Eagles are ranked 46th in the world by FIFA and the study shows they have an estimated value of €186.40million.
Senegal, Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia and Ghana are the five African teams that qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The farthest that African teams have gone in the quest at a FIFA World Cup is the quarter-finals.
Nigeria to face Costa Rica
Meanwhile the Super Eagles will trade tackles with Costa Rica in an international friendly, scheduled for San Jose on November 10.
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Coach of the Nigerian team, Jose Peseiro is yet to name his squad for the encounter, which is the first-ever international friendly between both countries.
It is believed the Eagles' camp opened in Ibadan on Monday with assistant coach Salisu Yusuf present, alongside 15 home-based players.
NFF confirms owing Jose Peseiro
Sports Brief earlier reported that an official from the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that the football body owes Jose Peseiro, coach of the Super Eagles.
Reports had filtered in that the Portuguese tactician is being owed about six months of his salary, having received only allowances and bonuses.
It is believed that Peseiro, employed in May 2022, has not received a single paycheck since he took up the job.