FIFA Ranking: Eagles leap from 45th to 33rd

Super Eagles climbed 12 places, leaping well from 45th to 33rd position in the latest FIFA World rankings released by world soccer ruling body on Thursday.

The Eagles gained 48 points, up 1481 from their previous 1433.

The climb also means the three-time African champions are now ranked third in Africa behind the Senegal (20th in the world, up two spots) and Tunisia (29th in the world, dropping four spots).

Nigeria reached the semi finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and won the bronze medal after beating Tunisia 1-0 in the third place match.

Eagles played eight matches at AFCON winning five and lost two of the seven matches they played at AFCON 2019.

Newly crowned African champions, the Desert Foxes of Algeria, who defeated Nigeria in the semi finals, made the jump in the global ranking, going up from 68th to 40th and gaining 117 points.

Belgium remains world top team, while Brazil climbed from third to second following their Copa America triumph. France, England and Uruguay make up the rest of the top five teams.

world ranking will be published on 19 September, 2019.