The Nigerian Senior national team has moved up to the 50th position in the latest FIFA world football ranking.
The new ranking released by the world football governing body on Thursday, November 24, saw Nigeria moving 10 places to be placed 50th, from its 60th position in October.
Nigeria is tied with Burkina Faso at 50th position, which has one of the significant movements, from 67th last October.
Senegal ranked 33rd, is Africa’s number one, displacing Ivory Coast, who dropped to 34th in the world, tied with Tunisia.
Egypt are now ranked 36th in the world, also moving 10 notches up the ladder, like Nigeria. Egypt saw off Ghana in one of Africa’s headline World Cup qualifiers to record the movement.
The other two African countries in the top 50 are Algeria(38th) and Congo DR 47th. Ghana is ranked 53rd, Morocco, 57th and South Africa 60th.
Generally, there were plenty movements in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking thanks largely to the 63 FIFA World Cup Russia qualification matches played, but also to 71 other qualifiers and international friendlies that took place over the past few weeks.
Argentina remain top for November, but have seen their command on the summit weakened by close rivals Brazil. After a good run of form in FIFA World Cup qualifying, A Seleção have surpassed Germany (3, down 1) and closed the distance to their South American neighbours, as the year-end approaches. Chile, meanwhile, climbed into fourth place.
Republic of Ireland (23, up 10) jumped ten places to break into the Top 25 this month after winning three successive World Cup qualifiers.
Slovenia also managed to squeeze into joint 50th place with Nigeria and Burkina Faso after impressive results on the road to Russia.