The Super Eagles are up again in the monthly FIFA rankings, this time the Nigeria national team have broken into the top 50 teams in the world for the first time in recent months.
The world football governing body did acknowledge the steady rise by Nigeria as FIFA wrote on its official website: "Despite the overall stability of the January table, two new teams have broken into the Top 50. Saudi Arabia (48, up 6) and Nigeria (50, up 1) move up at the expense of Albania (51, down 2) and Burkina Faso (53, down 3)."READ ALSO: FIFA Rankings: Super Falcons zoom past Wales, others
It is also worthy to note that the Super Eagles are the highest ranked African team that would be absent at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations primed to take place in Gabon.
Generally on the Africa continent, Senegalese Teranga Lions are the number one team and 33 in the world. They maintained their position from December, followed by the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire (34), the Pharaohs of Egypt (35),Carthage Eagles of Tunisia (36) and Algeria (39) in the Top 5 ranking in Africa.
Congo DR (49) are on number 6 in Africa, while Burkina Faso (53), Ghana (54) and Morocco (59) complete the Top 10 in Africa. Bafana Bafana of South Africa (60) are on number 11.
As stated by FIFA very little changes were recorded in the January rankings as the top 34 positions remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 February 2017.