Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Bafana Bafana

Bafana up two places in rankings



Bafana Bafana have moved up two places in the latest Fifa World Rankings released on Thursday, but remain the lowest ranked side in their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group A.

Bafana had been in free-fall down the rankings before today’s list was released and can take some small comfort from their upward movement.

They are now at number 85 in the world and 22nd in Africa, well below SAFA’s stated ambition of a regular place in the world’s top 20 and Africa’s top 3.

But a successful Nations Cup campaign would certainly elevate them close to those levels and that is an additional carrot being dangled in front of coach Gordon Igesund and his team.

They are also below Cape Verde (70th and 15th), Morocco (74th and 17th) and Angola (78th and 19th), who they take on in their Nations Cup pool.

Ivory Coast remain the top side in Africa, and a healthy number 14 in the world, while Algeria have clung on to second spot, followed by Mali, Ghana and Zambia.

Libya, Gabon and Central African Republic will all not be at the 2013 Nations Cup, but sit in positions six to eight, with Nigeria and Tunisia rounding out the top 10.

Egypt were the biggest fallers, dropping 13 places in the world rankings and to number 11 in Africa. Recent losses to Ghana and Ivory Coast did not help their cause.

There was no change in the global list with Spain holding on to top spot ahead of Germany, Argentina, Italy and Colombia. England, Portugal, Netherlands, Russia and Croatia round out the top 10.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

MLS - Major League Soccer - Week 20: Seattle Sounders v La Galaxy
Lawn Bowls - Prelims Day 5
Gymnastics - Artistic: Men's/women's Team Final And Individual Qualification Session 4
Commonwealth Games H\L - Day 6

Sports Talk



Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Football arms race
Those of us old enough to remember the arms race and the cold war years can’t help but feel the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
World Cup refs return home ‘bruised’
The World Cup is over for another four years and already the post mortem has started into some...

Sunday Oliseh
What Germany did to become champs
The 2002 Japan and South Korea World Cup saw the Germans lose in the Finals to Brazil, thanks to...

Collins Okinyo
Amrouche is his own worst enemy
Thunder has struck twice with news of Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche being slapped with a...

Claudia Ekai
Save our Stars
First and foremost, it is not all over for Harambee Stars in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations...

Carol Radull
The Harambee Stars' secrets
A week ago Kenya’s Harambee Stars hosted Burundi in our first international friendly this year. I...