The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped nine places to 50th in the latest FIFA ranking.
The Super Eagles finished 41st in October, after beating Zambia 1-0 to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
However, despite beating Argentina 4-2 in a high-grade international friendly earlier this month, they are now eighth on the continent.
Germany remain number one in the world, with the top five remaining unchanged.
Brazil follow the world champions in second place, with Euro 2016 winners Portugal in third. Argentina are fourth, with Belgium completing the top five.
The final FIFA world ranking for 2017 will be announced on December 21.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles co-ordinator Patrick Pascal is unperturbed despite the team faring poorly in the latest FIFA world rankings.
It came as a shock to many following the Super Eagles’ impressive showing during the last international break during which the team played out a 1-1 draw against Algeria and recorded a 4-2 win against Argentina.
“I don’t read any meaning to the new rankings. For me, we should continue to do well on the pitch and the reward will surely come at the right time,” the former Super Eagles and Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan player
“I expect us to do better next month and in the subsequent ones. We have a young team that is full of quality players and I don’t see any reason why we will not be ranked among the best in the next few months.”
The Super Eagles are one of the five teams that will represent Africa at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.