Chipolopolo has leapt 18 places on the September, 2017 FIFA World rankings.

Wedson Nyirenda’s side rose from 96th to 78th in the world on the latest rankings released on September 14 by FIFA.

The gain follows Zambia’s home and away wins over Algeria this month in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifiers.

Zambia beat Algeria 3-1 on September 2 in Lusaka and 1-0 away in Constantine on September 5.

Algeria’s woes have seen them tumbled 14 places following from 48th to 62nd in September.

And this is Zambia’ strongest gain this year after spending most of the year hovering between number 88 and 98.

Zambia is now the 16th best ranked in Africa.

In the Cosafa zone, Zambia lead followed by South Africa at 80th in the World while Zimbabwe are 3rd at number 105.

Nyirenda’s is also unbeaten in its last seven matches with five wins.

Meanwhile, Africa’s top 10 sides on the FIFA rankings for September are Egypt (30), Tunisia (31), Senegal (33), DR Congo (42), Nigeria (44), Cameroon (45), Burkina Faso (49), Ghana (52), Cote d’Ivoire (54) and Morocco (56).