The Super Eagles have shot ten places to 50th in the world and joint seventh in Africa, following the November rankings released by Fifa.
Their latest ranking comes after an impressive run in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier, where they currently top their group following wins against Zambia and Algeria.
Meanwhile, there is a change at the top of the African ranking, as Senegal now occupy first position, edging Cote d’Ivoire; while the Desert Warriors of Algeria have dropped from second to fifth place.
Top Ten African Countries
- Senegal (33)
- Cote d’Ivoire (34)
- Tunisia (34)
- Egypt (36)
- Algeria (38
- Congo DR ((47)
- Burkina Faso (50)
- Nigeria (50)
- Ghana (53)
- Morocco (57)
In the meantime, Argentina remain top for November, but have seen their command on the summit weakened by close rivals Brazil (2, up 1).
Seleção move up
After a good run of form in FIFA World Cup qualifying, the Seleção have surpassed Germany (3, down 1). They also closed the distance to their South American neighbours, as the year-end approaches. Chile, meanwhile, climbed into fourth place.
Republic of Ireland (23, up 10) jumped ten places to break into the Top 25 this month after winning three successive World Cup qualifiers.
The December ranking will be the final ranking for 2016 and will reveal the winners for the Team of the Year (awarded to the team in first place by year’s end) and Mover of the Year (awarded to the team that has won the most points over the course of the year).
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 22 December 2016.