Nigeria’s Super Eagles climbed 12 places, moving from 45th to 33rd position in the latest rankings released by world soccer ruling body, FIFA on Thursday morning, Completesports.com reports.
The Super Eagles gained 48 points, up 1481 from their previous 1433.
The three-time African champions are also now ranked third in Africa behind the Teranga Lions of Senegal (20th in the world, up two spots) and Carthage Eagles of Tunisia (29th in the world, down four spots).
Gernot Rohr’s team reached the semifinals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and won the bronze medal,edging out Tunisia 1-0 in the third place match.
The Super Eagles played eight matches during the period under review. The West Africans won five and lost two of the seven matches they played at AFCON 2019.
They fell to 1-0 defeat to Senegal in a friendly encounter ahead of the AFCON 2019 finals.
Newly crowned African champions, the Desert Foxes of Algeria, who defeated Nigeria in the semifinals, made the biggest moves both by places and points in the global ranking, going up from 68th to 40th and gaining 117 points.
Belgium remain world No.1, while Brazil climbed from third to second following their Copa America triumph. France, England and Uruguay make up the rest of the top five teams.
The next FIFA world ranking will be published on 19 September, 2019.
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