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.
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.
|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)|