Nigeria’s Super Eagles have climbed four places to the 42nd spot in the latest World governing body, FIFA monthly ranking.
In the ranking as published on FIFA website on Thursday, the Gernort Rohr team polled 1435 points as against last month’s 1427 points to improve their placement on the log.
The three-time African champions are third best on the continent behind Senegal and Tunisia.
Nigeria qualified for the 2019 AFCON with a game to spare winning five games from six. The Eagles also piped the Pharaohs of Egypt by a lone goal in Asaba, Delta State a fortnight ago.
The Nigerian side is likely to maintain her ascendancy with two Grade A matches lined up and the AFCON 2019 games.
Meanwhile, things remain tight at the top of the World Ranking as the top three remained unchanged.
This sees Belgium (1st, unchanged) maintain a slender lead – growing it marginally to three points – over 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia winners France (2nd, unchanged). Brazil (3rd, unchanged), however, are looking over their shoulders somewhat as England (4th, up 1) leapfrogged World Cup finalists Croatia (5th, down 1).
Uruguay (6th, up 1) are the only other movers within the top 10, whereas a dramatic win for Germany (13th, up 3) saw them overtake defeated opponents the Netherlands (16th, down 2), as well as Sweden (14th, unchanged) and Chile (15th, down 2).