Bafana Bafana unchanged in FIFA rankings despite recent good results

South Africa remained in the same position even after positive outings

Bafana Bafana’s positive results against Nigeria and Zimbabwe had no impact on their world ranking as they remain unchanged at position 59.

According to the latest FIFA ranking, South Africa did not experience a jump following a 1-1 draw away to Nigeria before beating Zimbabwe 3-1 at home early this month.

Bafana Bafana are unbeaten since edging DR Congo on post-match penalties to claim third place at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations with back-to-back draws against Andorra and Algeria in friendly matches in March before they faced Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

South Africa remain 10th in Africa

They remain in 10th position in Africa with Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Tunisia, Algeria, Cameroon and Mali ahead of them while DR Congo are just behind.

World champions Argentina are still the top ranked country in the world with France and Belgium completing the top three that have remained unchanged.

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Brazil, England, Portugal, Netherlands, Spain, Croatia and Italy complete the top 10.

Hugo Broos’ men went into the June World Cup qualifiers with the aim of securing at least four points and achieved it thanks to a resolute performance in Uyo before turning on the style against the Warriors in Bloemfontein.

AFCON 2025 qualifiers next for Bafana

The world ranking will not concern Broos as long as his team achieve their objectives with the next assignment being the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations in September after the draw is conducted in July.

That is what will occupy South Africa this year before the World Cup qualifiers resume in March 2025.

Bafana Bafana jumped eight places in the FIFA ranking in February following their stellar performance at the AFCON.   

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