Nigeria's Super Eagles have moved four places up to 53rd in the latest monthly FIFA/Coca-Cola ranking released on Thursday, but remain 10th in Africa with 601 points.
In July’s grading, the Super Eagles dropped 14 places to 57th – their poorest drop in 2015.
Algeria remains the highest ranked African country, followed by Ivory Coast and Ghana. Other leading African teams are Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon, Congo, Cape Verde, and Egypt.
The new Copa America champions, Chile, entered the top ten at the expense of the Netherlands, who dropped two places to 12th in the world. Argentina remains the best football playing country in the world according to the ranking and they are followed by Belgium and Germany respectively.
Former world champion Spain moved a place up to the 11th spot. Brazil, another recent world champion, is fifth in the world and third in South America.
The next FIFA ranking will be released on September 3, 2015.