Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved up four places in the latest FIFA Coca Cola world rankings released on Thursday, for the month of October.
The Eagles under interim coach Augustine Eguavoen recorded a 100% record in the group stage of the continental tournament in Cameroon. Defeating Seven times champions, Egypt by 1-0, went past Sudan 3-1 before they overcame Guinea Bissau 2-0.
A 47mins shot from Youssef Msakni was all the Carthage Eagles needed to kick out the Super Eagles of Nigeria, and seal their fourth successive AFCON quarter finals.
Despite the shock exit, the super Eagles are now 32nd in the world and 3rd in Africa.
Nigeria will have to slug it out against West African rivals Ghana, to book a place in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022.
The black stars of Ghana will have the first home advantage as they host the Super Eagles at the Cape Coast Stadium in Cape Coast.
Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja will be the venue for the second leg on Sunday March 27, 2022.
NFF’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, described the final leg clash as a “potentially–explosive”.
“Ghana Football Association now has to confirm whether the first leg inside the Cape Coast Stadium will be on Wednesday, 23rd March or Thursday, 24th March,” the statement said.