Nigeria have moved a step up to become the 50th team in the world with 619 points.
According to the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, the Super Eagles broke into the top 50 by displacing Burkina Faso, who made three steps down the ladder.
Following the development, Nigeria are now placed seventh in Africa behind Senegal, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and DR Congo respectively.
On the global scene, the top 34 positions remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place, respectively.
With only 12 Grade A matches played since the final rankings in 2016, there are few big changes in the January edition of the ranking.
But in spite of the overall stability of the January table, two new teams have broken into the Top 50, Saudi Arabia (48, up 6) and Nigeria (50, up 1),
They moved up at the expense of Albania (51, down 2) and Burkina Faso (53, down 3).
With the biggest move by both points and rankings, Suriname (128, up 22) are January’s best performer.
In spite of their recent improvement, the CONCACAF team are still some distance from their best ever position (84), recorded back in 2008.