Nigeria’s Super Eagles have climbed up in the FIFA Coca-Cola world ranking as they moved up from 67th to 64th.
The ranking which also saw the Eagles climb to 14th in Africa, was the latest released by FIFA on Thursday and published on their official website.
Reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions, Cote d’Ivoire, are Africa’s highest ranked team in the world and number one in Africa after moving up two places from 36th to 34th.Super Eagles 2018 World Cup qualifying foes, Algeria, dropped three places from 32nd to 35th in the world and number two on the continent.
Brazil have climbed back into the top five of the FIFA World Ranking, as Argentina and Belgium stayed top of the table.
Argentina and Belgium remain first and second respectively, while Germany are now into third and Chile, France and Portugal have all slipped down a place.
Uruguay climbed three spots to move into ninth, with Wales edging back into the top 10 at the expense of Spain, who drop three places to 11th despite a 2-0 friendly win over Belgium and 8-0 thrashing of Liechtenstein in World Cup qualifying.
England have moved up one place to 12th, with Italy sliding three spots down to 13th, while Scotland, Australia, Greece and Uzbekistan all clambered into the top 50.
The biggest climbers in the table are Bolivia, who jumped 35 places into 75th, followed by Malawi (99, up 28), Faroe Islands (111, up 24) and the Dominican Republic (114, up 24). The Central African Republic were the team to drop the furthest, falling 35 places to 122nd.
Guinea-Bissau (73, up 2), St Kitts and Nevis (77, up 4), Kazakhstan (83, up 13) and Comoros (152, up 3) all recorded their highest positions, while newcomers Kosovo moved up to 22 places to 168th and Gibraltar stayed at 205th.