Bafana drop 8 places in Fifa rankings

Posted: 9 August 2013 Time: 02:03 pm

Bafana Bafana have suffered a serious drop in the latest Fifa World Rankings, and are out of the top 10 in Africa.

South Africa fell to 67th in the world and 12th in Africa, having been overtaken by Cape Verde, Cameroon and Egypt in the CAF rankings.

Last month's Fifa rankings

The ranking has serious implications for South Africa’s World Cup aspirations.

Bafana still have a slim chance of making it to the third round of qualifying for Brazil 2014, but even if they do their poor ranking will make for a poor seeding, meaning tougher opposition.

Bafana have a month to improve their rankings, as CAF teams will be seeded for the third round of 2014 qualifying based on the 12 September edition of the Fifa Rankings.

This means Gordon Igesund’s men will have to make sure of positive results against Nigeria and Burkina Faso, despite a depleted squad.

“It’s always important to improve,” Igesund says. “In the next 18 months I’d like us to be in the top 20 in the world and top three or four in Africa.

“We’re taking huge strides at the moment and all these games are important.
“If we can win against Nigeria, our ranking will improve. Then, if we can beat Burkina Faso – who were the runners up in Afcon – it will help our cause even more.

“Every game we play – and there’s no game that’s not important – has repercussions. We need to be seeded, we need to be ranked, we need to get back the pride for South African football from the rest of the world.

“To get the rest of the world to take notice of us, we need to start winning games. And if we do that, it will take us into the top 20 in the world and top three in Africa. 

“I think we’re going to get there as things are looking very positive.”

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast remain the top-ranked side in Africa, followed by Ghana, Mali, Algeria and Nigeria.

The top 12 remains unchanged, with Spain still leading the way ahead of Germany, Colombia, Argentina and the Netherlands.

America’s victory in the Concacaf Gold Cup – the continental tournament of teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean – means they rise three places to 19th, returning to the top 20 after an absence of two and a half years.

Leader Spain (unchanged)
Moves into top ten none
Moves out of top ten none
Matches played in total 75
Most matches played USA (7 matches)
Biggest move by points USA (up 95 points)
Biggest move by ranks Mauritania (up 21 ranks)
Biggest drop by points Equatorial Guinea (down 184 points)
Biggest drop by ranks Equatorial Guinea (down 32 ranks)

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Previous comments on this story...

Glamour dude
posted: 02:12 pm
Mxm who cares
posted: 02:15 pm
And they want us to be part of this Tahit kak. We are not the Ramadans mos
Aldair Applegates
posted: 02:17 pm

posted: 02:17 pm
This is an Insult to the Nation. We give this Team all our Support, but they still disappoint us. SAFA pays these Players well unlike other nations especially here in Africa where FA fight with Players over salaries issues. Even if we bring Mourinho or Sir Alex Ferguson we will still not Qualify or Win any Major tournament. We should accept that we are not a football nation. We can't be good at everything I mean Rugby, Cricket, Swimming & Soccer?? Never
Shut up u idiot, y do u hate Sundowns so much or R u jealous?
posted: 02:23 pm
I told you readers yesterday that those Zebras will make sure we end up in position 96 in the world ranking. before you blame Pitso, well be informed that when he was fired we were ranked 49 world and 7 Africa. he coached bafana for 16 games, win 6, lost 3 and draw 7. Gordan is already facing his third loose. Thanks Pitso
posted: 02:35 pm
a mad man, look at his eyes
Matt/ 2.0
posted: 02:42 pm

North African clubs have long dominated the CAF Champions League, but this time around they are finding the going rather tough. After 2011 champions Esperance lost on the first match-day of the group stage, Egyptian giants Zamalek and Al Ahly were defeated in their second matches over the weekend, with the defending champions Al Ahly tasting an historic defeat at home.

The top two clubs in each group qualify for the semi-finals, and the winner of the event will represent the continent at the FIFA Club World Cup at the end of the year in Morocco.

The surprise
Al Ahly 0-3 Orlando Pirates
Having last lost at home in the group phase of the Champions League in 2002 – a run of 23 matches unbeaten – the title holders were overwhelming favourites against the 1995 champions. However, forced to play in the Red Sea resort of El-Gouna behind closed doors during a time when their players were involved in Ramadan fasting, the Red Devils never found their rhythm and slumped to a worst-ever home loss in the Champions League. Thandani Ntshumayelo opened the scoring after just 11 minutes following some fine inter-play. The home side had an opportunity to equalise from the spot, but Walid Soliman's shot was saved by Senzo Meyiwa, and then to make matters worse, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher was sent off shortly before the break. The Buccaneers made their numerical advantage count in the second half as Andile Jali scored with a penalty in the 73rd minute and then set up Sifiso Myeni just three minutes later.

Up The Bucs…
Shut up u idiot, y do u hate Sundowns so much or R u jealous?
posted: 02:43 pm
I`m out guys,going to Wits to watch the game
Matt/ 2.0
posted: 02:47 pm
Zebras, how do you explain the above fiasco, or should I say CATASTROPHE seeing as YOUR crop of players has been at the forefront of the national team?

We waiting...
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 02:52 pm
They can keep their ranking but we need to qualify for Brazil next year world cup.
posted: 03:27 pm
Dankie Khosi. Lets khosify the world guys. LMAO
posted: 03:46 pm
Yeah ryt we khosify them... I mean wat is this??? Nowonder cowdon want our galaxies coz he wants to improve his fifa rankings! Like eeeeezma wa makaka say khosi 4 lyf let's hear... Ha ha ha black is back.
hahaahaha nduku
posted: 04:30 pm
well We can still do better!
The Ghost rider
posted: 04:41 pm
We are poor, FACT!
IbringIt/2012/13 Champ!!!
posted: 04:45 pm
@Matt. Who do u think u are wena naa?
posted: 05:25 pm
khanime ngebafana eish umatatazela wayenzi ndaba
posted: 08:02 pm
He has just dropped us 7 places to 67 and say things are looking positive.
This coach is retarded........he thinks the fans are idiots. he is absolutely clueless.Cant make top 10 in Africa.......we just have to accept that SAFA are clueless
posted: 09:25 pm
In 1973-7, SA soccer was IT, when we won the African cup of Nations against Zambia we were IT. I do not watch soccer anymore, but I do care about the image we displaying to the rest of the world. Greedy people have taken the sport over, and the fans are accepting mediocrity. Are we really happy to see South African soccer fall into the pits, first world cup host nation not to make it through to the knockout stages, doesn't that say it all. I want to be proud of SA, is there anybody out there able to see the big picture.
Voetsek Chiefs!!
posted: 09:57 pm
thats the reason he selected Pirates players despite their congested CL games - this man is really desperate for a win.

however, if we still score against our own , we'll drop even further.

Bobsteaks knows this , thats is why he recalled all his cows for Cosafa games
Voetsek Chiefs!!
posted: 10:06 pm
Aldair Applegates

posted: 02:17 pm | Report




before you display your dity underpants in public , please address the issue above

bafana bachips are sinking the SA flag even deeper.

lets hear!
posted: 07:12 am
hahahaha Gordon and his zebra cows it's getting worse by the day
posted: 07:17 am
Myb u should start selecting players on merit Gordon, coz some of your selections are questionable how u can select sandilands wherelse there is Darren Keet or Williams
posted: 07:45 am
We wil go nowhere with Nematandani(d 1 who blvs in fraud),GI(d 1 who blvs in a zebra)
posted: 08:55 am
Matabz the football lover
posted: 08:59 am
I see fans are not seeing the bigger picture.... They don't understand why SA football is on a down slow. We need to stop blaming the coach and blame the SAFA leaders who do not care about building football for the future. They only starting now to develop..... What does that tell us! I keep telling people what happened to the under 23s..... They should have already been in the Bafana x2 squad but they are nowhere to be found. I also blame big PSL clubs (the likes of your Chiefs, Pirates, Sundowns) for not also playing a part in developing our youngsters at a very young age. Until we start taking the development of our football seriously, then we won't be taken seriously! We need new SAFA leaders that can take South African football to a whole new level!
posted: 04:22 pm
Mxm. Bafana is just a waste of time. I think the whole team should be kaizer chiefs. Maybe we can get somewhere
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