Nigeria moved two places up to 38th position in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Super Eagles who will play the Hawks of Togo in an international friendly same day in Paris gained four points to reach 730 points.
By virtue of their new ranking Nigeria are now fourth on the African continent behind Egypt (20th in the world), Senegal (27th in the world) and 2018 World Cup qualifying foes, Cameroon (32nd in the world).
Cameroun moved one place but remain on 811 points.
Zambia who Nigeria will host later in the year in the 2018 World Cup are ranked 98th in the world, gaining one place and having 334 points, while Algeria are joint 53rd in the world, gaining one spot.
Nigeria's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying opponents in Group E South Africa are 65th in the world with 547 points, having dropped down one spot but gained eight points.
Other Nigeria's 2019 AFCON foes ranked on Thursday are Libya who dropped two spots to 92nd in the world with 351 points and Seychelles who rose two places to 194th in the world. with 57 points.
Thursday's friendly opponents Togo are the 106th best side in the world now with 320 points gained.
The top ten in the world remained unchanged with Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Chile, Colombia, France, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain at the top of the table.
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