The Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved up three places in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday despite a group stage exit at the African Nations Champions (CHAN) last month.
The three-time African champions are now 12th in Africa and 63rd in the world, as against the 66th position they occupied in January’s rankings. Nigeria also gained three points in the rankings and now has 543 points, as against the 540 it had in the last ranking.
This comes contrary to fears expressed after the Eagles were knocked out of the group stages of the 2016 CHAN tournament in Rwanda.
Meanwhile, Cote d’Ivoire dropped nine places and are now 28th in the world, but still remain top of the African rankings, while Cape Verde gained six places and are second on the continent and 33rd in the world.
Algeria, Ghana and Senegal make up the top five positions in Africa.
Belgium remain unmoved and on top of the world rankings, with 1,494 points, while Argentina, Spain, Germany and Chile make up the top five in the world rankings.
The Super Eagles play the Pharaohs of Egypt over two legs next month and will need to keep improving on the rankings ahead of the draws for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in June.