Nigeria is up three places on the October FIFA World Ranking.
The Super Eagles moved three spots to 41 in the latest FIFA rankings announced today, but will likely face a difficult first-round draw for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
The weakest qualified teams are usually decided by the rankings and such teams are placed in Pot 4 for the draws.
Nigeria moved six places to 44 last month despite picking up four points off Cameroon in the World Cup qualifier and finishing the WAFU Cup as runner-up.
The 1-0 win in Uyo over lowly ranked Zambia earlier this month moved Nigeria to No 41 in the world.
However, the Super Eagles are fifth in Africa going by the ratings, behind Egypt who have also qualified for Russia 2018.
Tunisia, Senegal and DR Congo will most likely get more favourable draws should they qualify next month for the World Cup.
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Elsewhere, Peru climbed into the top ten of the ranking for the first time in an edition marked by the recent, decisive FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The Peruvians, who qualified for an Intercontinental Play-off against New Zealand, were joined in the Ranking’s upper echelons by Spain, who climbed from 11th to 8th on the back of an impressive conclusion to their unbeaten qualifying campaign.