Despite Super Eagles absence from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, Nigeria still made an appreciable upward movement to the 41st position in the February FIFA global rankings released yesterday.
The latest ranking is the best by Nigeria in recent time.
The Super Eagles were ranked 51st in January rankings but this month, they moved a staggering ten places up despite their absence at the African soccer show piece.
However, current African champions, Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, whom Nigeria will meet next in the ongoing FIFA World Cup qualifying round of matches later in the year are ahead of Super Eagles.
Nigeria occupies seventh in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, Congo DR and Burkina Faso.
The Indomitable Lions, who silenced the Pharaohs to win their fifth African title climbed up 29 place to occupy number 33 in the world, though third in Africa.
Meanwhile, embattled Argentina in the ongoing South America World Cup qualifying round of matches lead the world ranking with 1635 points, followed closely by rivals Brazil in second and reigning world champions Germany in third place.
The next FIFA ranking update will be announced on March 9.
Africa’s Top Ten
1 (3) Egypt
2 (1) Senegal
3 (12) Cameroon
4 (4) Tunisia
5 (6) DR Congo
6 (8) Burkina Faso
7 (7) Nigeria
8 (9) Ghana
9 (2) Cote d’ Ivoire
10 (10) Morocco
*January rankings in bracket