Nigeria, propelled in part by Sunday's win over Namibia, moved up three places in the latest Fifa Rankings to 60th place in the world, and 11th on the continent.
The move is an improvement from last month, where the Super Eagles were dragged down by draws and a loss to Egypt. Super Eagles beat Brave Warriors of Namibia in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier 1-0
Cote d'Ivoire dropped one place in the world rankings but held on to their place as Africa's top team. They are followed by Ghana, who dropped three places to 25 in the world.
African champions Zambia are the only one of the continent's top five from last month to drop out following their loss at Sudan. Their place is taken by Libya, who moved up four places to fourth, just behind Algeria.
Nigeria 2014 World Cup qualifying group opponents Malawi, Kenya and Namibia are outside of the top 20 on the continent, and away from the world's top 100.
Nigeria's next opponents Malawi are the highest ranked of the three at 107 in the world and 27th in Africa, Kenya are at 111 in the world and 29th in Africa while Namibia are way down at 134 in the world and 41st in Africa.
AFRICA'S TOP 20
16 1 Côte d'Ivoire
25 2 Ghana
32 3 Algeria
42 4 Libya
43 5 Mali
43 6 Zambia
46 7 Tunisia
48 8 Egypt
49 9 Gabon
59 10 Sierra Leone
60 11 Nigeria
63 12 Senegal
64 13 Cameroon
67 14 Guinea
68 15 South Africa
70 16 Morocco
72 17 Benin
77 18 Cape Verde Islands
83 19 Congo
84 20 Angola
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