Nigeria's national women's football team, the Super Falcons, have moved up in the latest FIFA world ranking, which was released for the first quarter of 2020 on Friday.
The West Africans climbed to the 38th position, one place above the 39th position which they ended 2019 on.
The African champions have not been in action since October last year when they bowed out of the Olympic Games qualifiers to Ivory Coast on away goal rule after a 1-1 aggregate score.
Nigeria, which has now failed to qualify for three consecutive Olympic games, retained the top spot in the African standings, with Cameroon clinging on to 2nd place despite dropping two places to 51st in the world after losing to Zambia earlier in March.
Ghana remained stagnant on the log while the Banyana Banyana of South Africa stepped up to 53rd in the latest world standings, three places up from their 56th in December.
Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Algeria in fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth respectively all complete the top ten positions.
Globally, World Champion, USA, retained top spot while Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, England, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Korea DPR completed the top 10.
FIFA Rankings: Top 10 in Africa:
3. South Africa
5. Cote d'Ivoire
6. Equatorial Guinea
The next edition of the women's ranking which is published quarterly will be released on June 26.