It was very shocking to see the Super Eagles moved up one place in the monthly FIFA ranking despite not participating in the AFCON 2015 tournament, which had just ended.
The Super Eagles are now ranked 42nd in the world and 7th in Africa after accumulating 664 points .
Nigeria missed out on the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, failing to defend their title and also not being able to garner points accrual from the tournament.
Despite all that, Nigerias home based Eagles played two friendly matches last month in Dubai, losing 1-0 to Ivory Coast and beating Yemen 2-0, with the matches aimed at making up for the team’s inactivity in January.
Meanwhile, the top three teams in Africa remained unchanged: Algeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana in that order.
Ghana reached the finals of the Nations Cup tournament moved twelve places in the overall world rankings to 25th position.
While Ivory Coast who won the 2015 Nations Cup title are now 20th in the world.
Despite crashing out in the quarterfinals, Algeria is still the highest ranked African team in 18th position.
There is no change in the top seven positions, with Germany, Argentina and Colombia still the top three teams in the world.