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 Bafana © Gallo Images

Bafana rise in world rankings



Coach Gordon Igesund has described as “excellent” news of Bafana Bafana climbing six places in the latest Fifa/Coca Cola World Rankings released on Wednesday.

South Africa have moved from 62 to 56 in the world rankings, while also breaking into the top 10 on the continent.

Bafana Bafana are now ranked ninth in Africa.

”That is excellent, it’s good news really. It shows we have put in the hard work and made serious progress. Building a solid side is something that takes time but it’s a clear indication that we are on the right track, we have made great strides,” said Igesund.

“This emphasises the importance of rankings. It shows that every match we play is affected whether positively or negatively. Therefore, we should take every match we play seriously. It is very critical that when we play in any match or tournament, we must have our best squad to ensure that we get positive results so we can continue the climb.”

The Bafana Bafana mentor says rankings should not be taken lightly as they play a key role.

“Come big tournaments like the World Cup, if we are not placed higher on the rankings we will not be seeded and we will end up meeting big guns in the event affecting our chances of progressing further.

“So it is important that we strive to be high up among the best. We have an obligation and responsibility to the fans to be in the top 20 in the world and among the best three on the continent - that is our mission. I am glad that we are working towards that direction,” added Igesund.

Ivory Coast are still leading the pack on the continent, followed by Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Algeria. Completing the top 10 are Tunisia, Zambia, Burkina Faso, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea.

On the world rankings, Spain are still on top, along with Germany, Argentina, Croatia, Portugal, Columbia, England, Italy, Netherlands and Ecuador.

The next rankings will be released on Thursday, 6 June 2013.

Top 10 in Africa

Ivory Coast (12th in the world)

Ghana (22nd)

Mali (26th)

Nigeria (28th)

Algeria (35th)

Tunisia (41st)

Zambia (46th)

Burkina Faso (50th)

South Africa (56th)

Equatorial Guinea (61st)

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

Wed, 23 Apr @ 13:35
Wed, 23 Apr @ 14:45
Wed, 23 Apr @ 18:30

Sports Talk



Abiye Opuamah
Sacking Moyes the right decision?
As the news of David Moyes’s sacking reverberates around the football community, there will be more...

Carol Radull
Was Moyes's appointment deliberate?
I know every football blogger in the world has to blog about David Moyes this week and since I’m...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Finally Moyes is out of his misery
Finally emotions have been replaced by common sense and David Moyes has been put out of his misery...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Coach's behaviour appalling, could lead to deaths of referees
The recent after match comments by the coach of EPL club Chelsea is nothing short of appalling and...

Sunday Oliseh
Do Brazil deserve the favourites tag?
In the build up to the World Cup, I’ll be previewing the teams involved, starting with hosts...

Segun Odegbami
Nigeria to win the 2014 World Cup!
If you were a betting man, who would you put your money on to win the 2014 World Cup? Or better...