The Super Eagles dropped down three places to 32nd in the October FIFA world rankings, published Thursday on the world football body’s official website.
As well as dropping out of the global world 30, the latest rankings means the three-time African champions have also fallen out of Africa’s top three places.
It is reversal in fortune for Gernot Rohr’s men who only last month, climbed to their highest ranking in seven years after they rose to 29 in the world.
But it appears less than impressive showings in losing to Algeria and drawing with Tunisia in friendlies played in the last FIFA window in October has cost them in the rankings.
Nigeria’s ranking points shrunk from 1493 to 1488, meaning the West Africans now trail Senegal (21st in the world), Tunisia (26th), and Algeria (joint 30th) on the continent.
Meanwhile, Belgium retained their place on top of the global rankings in an unchanged top five with France, Brazil, England and Portugal retaining their positions.
Nigeria play Sierra Leone next month in back-to-back matches in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers and victory in both games could see an improvement in their status when the next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking is published on 26 November 2020.