DAILY POST had reported that Nigeria moved up five places from 52nd penultimate month to 47th position last month.
The rankings coming ahead of the world cup also saw the Super Eagles group D opponents, Croatia, Iceland and Argentina remaining rooted in their previous position. Morocco (42) are fourth on the African list‚ followed by Egypt (46) and Nigeria (47).
Kayode who has made three global appearances for Nigeria was overlooked by Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr who handed maiden call-ups to Crotone's Simy Nwankwo and Junior Lokosa from Kano Pillars at the expense of the Manchester City striker and the duo of Henry Onyekuru and Brown Ideye. Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde complete the top 10 best African nations.
World Cup holders Germany remain in top spot, followed by Brazil, Belgium, Portugal and Argentina.
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Barrister Dalung expressed delight in the team's show of commitment, patriotism and unity of goal as the World Cup in Russian Federation gradually gets closer.
MVV Maastricht midfielder Kelechi Nwakali believes that Nigeria have the potential of doing well at the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
The team is scheduled to warm up against DR Congo on May 28, before moving out to England to take on Three Lions in Wembley Stadium on June 2 and the Czech Republic on June 6.