After staying two months in the 53rd position, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved up one place to 52nd latest Federation Internationale de Football Association Ranking.
The team had managed a goalless draw in Dar es Salaam in the 2017 Afcon qualifier plus a 2-0 win in an global friendly against the Ménas of Niger.
The Black Stars under former Chelsea coach, Avram Grant, have put up sterling performance, losing only on penalties to Ivory Coast in the finals of the African Cup of Nations.
Ghana with 849 points, Tunisia with 722 points, Senegal with 713 points, Cape Verde with 701 points, Cameroon with 640 points, Congo with 636 points and Egypt with 620 points are the other teams in the top 10 positions in Africa.
Unconfirmed reports say the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists will play Peru in a similar exhibition encounter during the month.
Belgium completes the top three. The 2008 European champions are now placed 6, pushing Romania out to 13.
The next edition of the ranking will be released on November 5.
The top 10 now has changed with Argentina taking the lead, followed by Germany, Belgium and Portugal.