Nigeria has gone up nine places in the latests FIFA rankings despite not participating at the 2017 African Cup of nations.
Nigeria was ranked 50th in the January rankings but now find themselves 41st in the February rankings.
AFCON 2017 winners Cameroon are ranked 33rd in the world and third in Africa.
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The Super Eagles are ranked 7th in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal Cameroon, Tunisia, Congo DR and Burkina Faso who occupy positions 1 - 6.
Ghana, Ivory Coast and Morocco complete the top 10 in Africa.