Nigeria men’s national team, the Super Eagles moved up one place in December’s ranking released by world football governing body, Fifa.
The Eagles rose a solitary place in the monthly classifications released on Thursday.
Following the accumulation of three ranking points in the last 31 days of last year, the Super Eagles now have a total of 619 points in their kitty.
Nigeria are now ranked seventh in Africa and 50th in the world.
The Super Eagles did not play any football in December but have made a slight ascent in the classifications.
Despite beating Algeria 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in November, 2016 Nigeria dropped one place in the ranking released in December 2016 but have now experienced a slight upward curve in the latest classifications despite not playing competitively in the last month.
Last month, the Super Eagles were placed eighth in Africa and 51st in the world with 616 ranking points.
Nigeria’s best placing in the Fifa rankings was fifth, a position attained in 1994 following an impressive display of winning the Africa Cup of Nations and their debut World Cup appearance that year in the United States.
Senegal, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria are the top five sides in Africa while Argentina retain their place at the summit of the ranking.
Brazil, Germany, Chile and Belgium complete the top five in descending order.