Bafana go one better than 2018 ranking

SA National Teams

Bafana Bafana have completed 2019 and shown improvement from the previous year as FIFA confirmed the final world rankings in December.

Bafana finished 2018 as the 72nd-ranked side in the world and 14th on the continent, while this year has seen them finish at 71st in the world and 13th in Africa, despite being inactive since the previous rankings were released in November.

Having started 2019 under Stuart Baxter, Bafana went on to beat Libya and draw with Ghana, before losing to Ivory Coast, beating Namibia and losing to Morocco, beating Egypt and losing to Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations in June-July.

Baxter then stepped down as national team boss, with SAFA appointing former assistant coach Molefi Ntseki as his successor.

Ntseki has since managed wins over Mali and Sudan, and a defeat away to Ghana in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last month.

Meanwhile, the top 10 ranked sides in the world remained unchanged with Belgium, France, Brazil, England and Uruguay making up the top five, with Senegal remaining the highest ranked African side at 20th position.

Bafana’s overall 2019 record:

Played: 10  W: 5  D: 1  L: 4