Nigeria moved into 38th position on Fifa’s latest Women’s World Rankings released for the first quarter of 2020 on Friday.
The African champions climbed a spot from 39th position in December 2019 amid the country’s inactivity since bowing out of the Olympic Games qualifiers last October.
The Super Falcons missed out on a return to the showpiece event for the third time in a row at the expense of West African rivals Cote d’Ivoire on the away goal rule following a 1-1 aggregate score.
Nigeria retained the top spot in the standings in Africa, while Cameroon kept the second place despite dropping two places to 51st following a shock loss to Zambia earlier in March.
Gambia are newest ranked team on the list, becoming the 159th country on the standings and are 113th ranked in the world and 17th best women’s footballing nation in Africa.
The next edition of the women’s ranking will be published on June 26.
Fifa Rankings: Top 10 in Africa
3. South Africa
5. Cote d’ivoire
6. Equatorial Guinea