Three-time African champions Nigeria could still face a very difficult 2018 World Cup qualifying group even after the latest FIFA rankings saw them move up by six spots.

FIFA will announce the five top seeds next week.

Nigeria are 61st in the world, but still very much outside the top 5 in Africa at No 12 on the continent.

Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal and Egypt – will enjoy a better chance of making Pot A of the draw on June 24 in Cairo, Egypt.

After crashing out of AFCON 2017, Nigeria will be seeking to qualify for a sixth World Cup when the qualifying series begin in October.