Six days after the end of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved twelve spots up from 45th to 33rd in the latest world rankings released by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).
According to the rankings released on Friday by the world footballing body, the Super Eagles maintained their 3rd position on the continent, moving from its 1433points in June to 1481.
The Eagles won the bronze medal at the 32nd edition of the just concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after pipping Tunisia 1-0 at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on July 17.
African champions, the Desert Warriors of Algeria moved 28 spots up to become 40th in the world, making them the biggest movers in the July edition by ranks and points. They were also ranked as the 4th best team in Africa.
AFCON silver medalists, the Teranga Lions of Senegal moved two spots up from 22nd to 20th, their best ever FIFA ranking. They also maintained their number one spot on the continent.
AFCON debutantes and surprise quarter-finalists, Madagascar, moved 12 spots up from 108 to 96 while the Squirrels of Benin, another surprise quarter-finalist at the tournament moved six spots up from 88th to 82nd.
On the globe, Belgium maintained its number one spot in the world with 1746 points while Brazil displaced France to take the second spot.
The top 10 countries in the world are Belgium, Brazil, France, England, Uruguay, Portugal, Croatia, Colombia, Spain and Argentina in that order until September 19 when the next FIFA world rankings will be published.