By Andah John with agency report
The Super Eagles have climbed nine places to rank 41st in the world, despite missing out on the just-ended 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon.
In the latest ranking released on Thursday by Fifa, Nigeria garnered 686 points, as against 619 it had in January.
But in spite of the movement, the country still remain the 7th best in Africa though there are changes in the first six places.
The Pharaohs of Egypt (23, plus 12) are now the highest-ranked Caf team, while Afcon semi-finalists Burkina Faso (38, plus 15) placed 6th in Africa.
Burkina Faso are behind Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia and Congo DR respectively.
Cameroon’s victory at the Afcon final helped them climb 29 places into 33rd position.
But, in spite of the many successes from the Americas and Africa over the preceding weeks, the composition of the top five teams remains unchanged for the February ranking.
Argentina (1), Brazil (2), Germany (3), Chile (4) and Belgium (5) hold on to their positions, while France (6, plus 1) move past Colombia (7, minus 1).