Nigeria has slipped one step from 42nd to 43rd in the world in the latest FIFA ranking released by world football governing body on Thursday, ending the year 2014 on a poor note.
The African champions however held on to the 9th spot in Africa after failing to book a ticket to the 2015 Cup of Nations to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea.
Nigeria had continued to go the downward trend since September where they were ranked 37th in the world and 6th in Africa.
Algeria maintained the top spot on the continent, and so was Tunisia and Ivory Coast in 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
Senegal, Ghana and Guinea retained their 4th, 5th and 6th places, same as Cape Verde and Cameroon.
Globally, Germany continue to seat on top, and are trailed by Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and Netherlands in the top five positions.
Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain and Uruguay complete the top ten teams in the world.