The Super Falcons of Nigeria have been rewarded with improvement in the latest FIFA Rankings.
Against all odds, the Super Falcons made it out of a difficult group which included the cohosts, Australia, Olympic champions, Canada, and Republic Ireland.
Nigeria played out a goalless draw in their opener against Canada and defeated Australia 3-2 in front of their fans before playing another draw against Ireland.
The five points were enough to take Nigeria to the next round as the runners-up in the Group where they play highly-rated England.
Falcons gave it their all but bowed out through a penalty shootout to 10-Lionesses after Lauren James was giving her marching orders.
Earlier this week, the Super Falcons were ranked 10th best out of the 32 teams that made it to the FIFA Women’s World Cup despite only making it to the round of 16.
Now, in the latest FIFA rankings, they have moved 8 places to become the 32nd best team in the world but still the best team in Africa.
Morocco are highest climbers from 72nd to 58th and now 4th in Africa.
Here are the top 10 African teams in the latest rankings:
45. South Africa
66. Ivory Coast
99. Equatorial Guinea
And here are the top 10 best women’s teams globally: