The Super Eagles hold the same place in latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday for the month of May as the team maintained their 57th position in the world and 14th in Africa.
With no A-international matches played in April, the May edition of the FIFA/Cola-Cola World Ranking provided a brief moment of security for teams eager to hold onto their top positions.
All teams in the Top 50 maintained their positions this month, while the regional composition of said teams also remained unaffected since last month’s ranking. For May, UEFA has 30 teams in the Top 50, CONMEBOL 8, CAF 7, CONCACAF 3, AFC 2 and OFC 0.
Nigeria’s next opponents Mali and Luxembourg sit in 65th place and 146th place respectively in the updated ranking and a win in the two matches could shoot up their rankings ahead of draws in June for the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier in Russia.
Meanwhile, Algeria stayed put at the top spot on the continent, and so did Ivory Coast and Ghana in the top three places. Senegal, Egypt and Cape Verde also held their own in the 4th, 5th and 6th places, with Tunisia, Congo DR, Guinea and Congo complete the top ten teams on the continent.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on June 2, 2016.