Nigeria have moved six places up from 63 to 57, according to the latest rankings released by world football body, FIFA, on Wednesday.
The upward move also impacted positively in Africa as the Super Eagles moved to 10th in the continent. Nigeria was previously rated 16th in Africa.
The Eagles have experienced a gradual renaissance under coach Stephen Keshi, who steered the team to January’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigerian side defeated Liberia 8-3 aggregate in their final qualification game to book a ticket to South Africa.