Bafana Bafana climb six places on the FIFA rankings

16 October 2017 - 11:03 By Nick Said
CHEERS Bafana Bafana stand-in captain Itumeleng Khune celebrates with Clayton Daniels after South Africa beat  Burkina Faso 3-1 in their  must-win  Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifier match at  FNB Stadium, in  Soweto,  on SaturdayPicture: Gallo Images
CHEERS Bafana Bafana stand-in captain Itumeleng Khune celebrates with Clayton Daniels after South Africa beat Burkina Faso 3-1 in their must-win Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifier match at FNB Stadium, in Soweto, on SaturdayPicture: Gallo Images

South Africa’s fine 3-1 World Cup qualifier victory over Burkina Faso earlier this month has seen them climb six places in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Monday.

Bafana Bafana are now at number 74 in the world and 16th on the African continent and they remain far short of the South African Football Association's stated aim of being regularly in the top 20 in the world and top three in Africa.

But they have the chance to improve that record significantly when they face Senegal home and away in their final World Cup qualifiers next month.

Tunisia have climbed three places to number 28 in the world and take over from Egypt as the top-ranked side on the continent.

Tunisia beat Guinea 4-1 away in their latest qualifier and head their pool by three points from DR Congo with a home game against Libya to come.

Egypt remain at number 30 in the world‚ while Senegal climbed a single place to number 32.

The remainder of the top 10 in Africa contains DR Congo‚ Nigeria‚ Cameroon‚ Morocco‚ Ghana‚ Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.

Aside from Nigeria‚ Bafana’s opponents in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group continue to struggle as Libya dropped six places to number 87 and Seychelles actually rose two positions‚ but will not be pleased with their 188th place on the list‚ with only Eritrea and Somalia behind them.

There was no change in the top five on the global list after the final round of pool stage qualifiers in Europe and South America.

Germany continues to head the list‚ followed by Brazil‚ Portugal. Argentina and Belgium.


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