The Super Eagles of Nigeria climbed up to 26th position in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola football ranking released on Thursday after six month.
FIFA released its first ranking after six months that the game was crippled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Super Eagles were ranked 31 in July but this September saw them soar with two points.
This is the first time they will break into the top 30 best football playing country since May 2013.
International football is yet to resume in Africa after the outbreak of the COVID-19.
Nigeria first games after the pandemic will be a friendly against Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia in Austria next month.
On the continent, Senegal maintained their position as the best playing country as the top five positions in July remained unchanged.
Tunisia are second while Nigeria also maintained their third place.
According to the rankings released on FIFA website, the top world ranking also remain unchanged apart from Portugal that moved into the top five for the first time.
FIFA said, “After more than six months of disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international matches have finally recommenced.
“With the exception of Uzbekistan’s 2-1 friendly victory over Tajikistan, the countries back in action have all been European.
“The successful staging of these games was nonetheless encouraging for teams from other confederations as they seek to resume international fixtures in the weeks ahead.
“Meanwhile, the 54 UEFA Nations League games that took place across Europe at the beginning of September had an immediate impact on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, which had remained unchanged since 9 April.
“While there has been no movement among the leading quartet – in descending order: Belgium, France, Brazil and England – Portugal (5th, up 2) have moved into the top five thanks to victories over Croatia (8th, down 2) and Sweden (18th, down 1).
“Other countries moving in the right direction are Spain (7th, up 1), Italy (12th, up 1), the Netherlands (13th, up 1), and Germany (14th, up 1), with each gaining one place in the global classification.
“Wales (21st, up 2) climbed two rungs but remain just outside the top 20.
“Russia, hosts of the last FIFA World Cul, are further back in 32nd but had the biggest gain in this edition this, ascending six places courtesy of wins over Serbia (31st, down 2) and Hungary (52nd, unchanged).
“Despite not playing, IR Iran (30th, up 3) moved into the top 30 after Serbia and Turkey (32nd, down 3) dropped points.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 22 October 2020.