But the decision taken by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions means all 32 teams will be seeded based on their positions in the October rankings.
The Nigerian team dropped from 38th position it occupied in August to the current 44th placed in the overall FIFA World ranking released on Thursday.
Cape Verde Islands were the best movers in the rankings, climbing 47 places to 67th, while Guatemala fell 31 places to 131st.
Euro 2016 victor Portugal is up three places to third, above Argentina, while Belgium has jumped back into the top five off the back of a 9-0 win over Gibraltar and 2-1 victory in Greece.More news: Up next: Hurricane Jose and where it's headed
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The summit of the rankings sees Brazil get toppled by Germany, while Portugal are now third. Argentina dropped one spot in the world rankings and stood fourth with 1,325 points.
6, followed by Switzerland, France, Chile and Colombia, who round out the top 10.
Of the seven, the lowest-ranked nation are Paraguay at 39th in the world. South Africa are now ranked in 18 place on the continent.
Nigeria's next opponent in the race to Russian Federation 2018, Zambia rose 18 places up to 78th in the world, after doing the double over Algeria.