By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
The nationâ€™s national football team, the Super Eagles have moved up six places in the latest FIFA rankings released by the world football governing body.
The leap might not be unconnected with recent wins of the team in two friendlies played by the three-time African champions who defeated West African neighbours, Mali 1-0 in France before going on to thrash Luxembourg 3-1 in their backyard.
By virtue of the rankings, the Super Eagles who were ranked 67th in May are now occupying the 61st position in the world but they remain outside the top ten teams in Africa in 12th place.
Algeria remain the number team in Africa same way Argentina is the number team in the world.
As highlighted by FIFA, the top movers were Slovakia and Madagascar. The Europeans climbed eight positions to take 24th place, while the island nation located off Africaâ€™s southeast coast climbed 29 positions into 108.
The regional composition of the Top 50 this month is: UEFA (29), CONMEBOL (8), CAF (7), CONCACAF (4) AFC (2), OFC (0).
In all, 45 international friendlies were included in calculating the latest ranking, along with four 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches for the OFC region.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published onÂ 14 July 2016.