Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up six places in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday by the world football governing body.
Nigeria moved from 67th to 61st spot in the world.
The 2013 African champions also moved two steps up, from 14th to 12th in Africa.
Algeria stayed put at the top spot on the continent, and so did Ivory Coast and Ghana in the top three places.
Argentina and Belgium held onto first and second place respectively on the latest FIFA/Cola-Cola World Ranking, while a flurry of international matches – largely among European teams focused on their final preparations for the UEFA EURO 2016 taking place from 10 June to 10 July – resulted in a number of shifts in the top 50 this month.
45 international friendlies were included in calculating the latest ranking, along with four 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches for the OFC region. Leading the changes were Colombia (3, plus 1) and Germany (4, plus 1) who leapfrogged Chile (5, minus 2) to reshuffle the order of the top five teams slightly.