Nigeria has dropped a step in the current FIFA men's ranking released on December 22, 2016, and now ranks 51st in the world.

The African giant, which has not lost a match since Gerhot Rohr took over the mantle, also ranks eighth in Africa.

Côte d'Ivoire, currently 34th in the world, lost its stranglehold in Africa, with Senegal topping the African pack as the world’s 33rd.

Tunisia followed at 35th, Egypt 36th, and Algeria 38th respectively.

Burkina Faso, which was previously tied at 50th with Nigeria, maintained its position, while Nigeria slipped one step behind, tying with Slovenia at 51st.

Ghana falls far behind Nigeria at 53, while Mali at 569 points trails 60th, tying with South Africa.

Meanwhile, Argentina dominated the world pack with 1634 points, while Brazil is second and Germany third.

Remarkably, no African nation made the 1-30 list in the latest FIFA ranking. See the updated list below:

Rank Team Total Points

1 Argentina 1634

2 Brazil 1544

3 Germany 1433

4 Chile 1404

5 Belgium 1368

6 Colombia 1345

7 France 1305

8 Portugal 1229

9 Uruguay 1187

10 Spain 1166

11 Switzerland 1129

12 Wales 1121

13 England 1114

14 Croatia 1103

15 Poland 1087

16 Italy 1083

17 Costa Rica 1041

18 Mexico 1012

19 Peru 965

20 Ecuador 890

21 Iceland 889

22 Netherlands 887

23 Rep of Ireland 858

24 Turkey 851

25 Slovakia 837

26 Hungary 826

27 Bosnia/Herzegovina 825

28 USA 822

29 Iran 814

30 Ukraine 804

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50 Burkina Faso 617

51 Nigeria 616

51 Slovenia 616

53 Ghana 611

54 Saudi Arabia 605

55 Israel 595

56 Russia 592

57 Morocco 587

58 Panama 584

59 Venezuela 581

60 Mali 569

60 South Africa 569

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