Nigeria has continued to drop in position in the world football ranking. In a February ranking by FIFA, Nigeria dropped from 45th which it was in January to 56th position, even as current African champions, Zambia climbed to 43rd position.
However, despite losing on penalties in the African Cup of Nations final, Côte d'Ivoire moved up to 15th remaining Africa's highest-positioned team.
Aside from the two finalists, third-placed Mali now 44th, as well as host nations Gabon 45th, and Equatorial Guinea 110th have made considerable ground.
The results of 51 international matches have been taken into account in compiling the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking, of which 32 took place as part of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and 19 were friendlies.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be issued on 7 March 2012, one week earlier than originally planned.