Bafana continue to drop in world rankings

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Carlos Alberto Parreira’s team had closed down the year on 77 and will obviously be heading to Ghana aware of the impact positive results will do to their standings in world football.

During the period in review Bafana has been inactive, but they have since recorded two slender wins in international friendly matches against Mozambique and Botswana over the last four days.

Despite moving down the world rankings which were released on Wednesday, Bafana still maintained their position 17 status on the continent.

This time two years ago, and just before the Nations Cup, Bafana were way up in position 8 in Africa and occupying number 49 in the world though they went on to perform so terrible that it marked the start of their dismal decline on the rankings.

But worrying is the fact that countries like Mozambique are ranked above Bafana Bafana and all three group opponents in Group D at the Nations Cup are also way up above South Africa.

Senegal is in position 43 in the world while Tunisia is in 46 with Angola 72nd.

The top 16 countries in the world have also remained unchanged with Argentina still at the top followed by Brazil, Italy, Spain and Germany.

Uganda have been the biggest droppers in the top 100 moving down 21 places to position 97, while Ethiopia were the highest climbers in the same bracket after going up 15 places to position 90.

Caf rankings: (Fifa rankings in brackets)

  1. Nigeria (19)
  2. Cameroon (25)
  3. Guinea (33)
  4. Egypt (34)
  5. Côte d’Ivoire (38)
  6. Morocco (39)
  7. Senegal (40)
  8. Ghana (43)
  9. Tunisia (46)
  10. Mali (47)
  11. Zambia (67)
  12. Congo DR (70)
  13. Angola (72)
  14. Togo (74)
  15. Mozambique (75)
  16. Algeria (76)
  17. South Africa (78)
  18. Zimbabwe (83)
  19. Equatorial Guinea (84)
  20. Congo (89)