After hovering below the 30th position in the last seven years, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have finally cracked into the top 30 countries in the monthly FIFA Rankings.
In the latest edition of the rankings released Thursday by the world football governing body, the Super Eagles were ranked the 29th best team in the world and third in Africa.
The last time Nigeria made it this high on the rakings was in May 2013.
Senegal ranked 20th in the world and Tunisia who is ranked 26th in the world are the two countries from Africa ranked ahead of Nigeria.
Algeria and Morocco com;plete Africa’s top 5 team while, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali, and Congo DR complete the roster for Africa’s top 10.
Meanwhile, the 54 UEFA Nations League games that took place across Europe at the beginning of September had an immediate impact on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, which had remained unchanged since 9 April.
While there has been no movement among the leading quartet in descending order: Belgium, France, Brazil, and England – Portugal (5th, up 2) have moved into the top five thanks to victories over Croatia (8th, down 2) and Sweden (18th, down 1).
Other countries moving in the right direction are Spain (7th, up 1), Italy (12th, up 1), the Netherlands (13th, up 1), and Germany (14th, up 1), with each gaining one place in the global classification. Wales (21st, up 2) climbed two rungs but remain just outside the top 20.