Back-to-back wins in the qualifying series of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations may have earned Nigeria a rise in the monthly ranking released Thursday, reports.

Nigeria moved up to the 31st position, the greatest leap the country made in recent time though the country still remains third in Africa as second placed Tunisia also made a leap of two steps to be 27th in the world.

Nigeria’s comeback win over Benin Republic and a similar performance against Lesotho possibly earned the country the new position.

In all, 177 matches were taken into consideration as Senegal remains the topmost in Africa and the only team in the continent to be in the top 20.

The top five in the world remains unchanged and there is only one change in the top ten, with Croatia (6th, up 1) climbing for the second successive edition at the expense of Portugal (7th, down 1).