Nigeria rose 22 spots to place 30th on the Fifa rankings released on February 14 thanks to their impressive victory at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles defeated the Stallions of Burkina Faso 1-0 on Sunday to win their third African title in Johannesburg.
This made them climb up sharply on the global rankings to 30th place and fourth in Africa. They were 52nd globally and number nine in Africa when the Afcon commenced in January.
Cote D'Ivoire remain the top country in Africa as they climbed two places up to 12th worldwide despite failing to get past the quarter final stage. Ghana and Mali remain in second and third place.
Algeria, Tunisia, Zambia, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso and South Africa make up the top ten countries in Africa.
Spain, Germany, Argentina, England and Italy hold the top five spots globally.
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