The Super Eagles may not have participated in the 2015 African Cup of Nations but on Thursday were ranked as the seventh best team in Africa and 42nd in the world with 664 points, rising by one place in the latest instalment of the FIFA world rankings.
Cote d’ Ivoire who dethroned Nigeria as African champions were the biggest movers in Africa, rising to the 18th position from their initial 24th position, two places behind the continent’s best ranked national team, Algeria.
Ghana who were edged on penalties by the Ivorians in the final of the 2015 AFCON on Sunday rose 12 places to occupy the 25th position in the world while losing semi-finalists Congo DR (46th, up 11) and hosts Equatorial Guines (49th, up 69) have made huge climbs to reach the top 50.
Algeria, Cote d’ Ivoire, Ghana, Tunisia, Cape Verde, Senegal, Nigeria, Guinea, Cameroon and Congo DR make up the top 10 sides on the African continent.
Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Holland, Brazil, Portugal, France, Uruguay and Spain are the world’s top 10 sides in that order.
The progress made by African and Asian teams is also reflected in the composition of the top 50 national teams due to the 2015 African Cup of Nations and the Asian Cup respectively.