ZAMBIA has moved one step up in Africa and two rungs up on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola world rankings released in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday.
The Chipolopolo are now ranked fifth in Africa from last month's sixth with 633 points and 39th in the world from number 41.
The African champions still trail the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up Ivory Coast, who have maintained the number one ranking on the continent and 15th on the global scale with 974 points.
Algeria have also maintained the second slot in Africa and are now 19th in the world from last month's 24th position.
The 2012 AFCON semi-finalists Mali and Ghana are in third and fourth places, respectively.
Egypt dropped to sixth position followed by Tunisia, Central African Republic, Gabon while Nigeria completes the top 10 best teams in Africa.
Zambia's opponents at the 2013 AFCON finals and former champions Nigeria are ranked 10th and 57th in the world, with Burkina Faso on 23rd position and number 89 in the world. Ethiopia are ranked 28th in Africa and number 102 in the world.
South Africa's Bafana Bafana, who are the 2013 AFCON hosts and Chipolopolo's opponents in next Wednesday's Mandela Challenge, are placed 21st in Africa and 84th in the World.