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Bafana drop in FIFA rankings

2010-03-31 12:23

Zurich - Soccer World Cup hosts South Africa have plunged even further down the latest FIFA rankings released by the world controlling body on Wednesday, a few hours before their international friendly against Paraguay.

South Africa dropped from 81 to a record low 88, a result of their inactivity at international level even though they are currently in Brazil playing against club sides, matches that are not recognised by FIFA.

A squad of local based players remain unbeaten after seven matches with five victories and two draws, but sadly those are mere club fixtures and the FIFA ranking officials hardly even gave those results, some against third tier teams, a blink.

But Bafana’s real test ahead of the World Cup finals will certainly be during May and June when they will line-up against opponents like China, Columbia, Denmark and even Jamaica before opening the World Cup jamboree against Mexico at Soccer City on June 11.

Interestingly, their Wednesday night opponents - Paraguay - jumped six places up the latest rankings from 29 to occupy position 23 and no doubt victory over the South Africans at Asuncion could go a long way towards restoring Bafana Bafana’s image and ranking as the kickoff draws nearer.

At least World Cup CEO Danny Jordaan has hinted about a revolutionary plan aimed at improving the country’s rankings and ensuring that they occupied the top 20 position in the world within a relatively short period. How they will achieve this remains a mystery and perhaps even a miracle.

Many African countries also suffered similar fates with Nigeria also dropping one slot down from 21 to 22 and Cote d’Ivoire dropping three places down from 22 to 25 while Cameroon remained unmoved at position 20, probably a result of their impressive goalless draw against Italy during their last friendly game.

Top-20 ranked African nations: (world ranking in parenthesis)

1. Egypt (14)
2. Cameroon (20)
3. Nigeria (22)
4. Cote d’Ivoire (25)
5. Algeria (27)
6. Ghana (31)
7. Gabon (43)
8. Burkina Faso (52)
9. Tunisia (56)
10. Mali (57)
11. Benin (61)
12. Morocco (68)
13. Zambia (71)
14. Senegal (72)
15. Togo (73)
16. Uganda (74)
17. Malawi (81)
18. Guinea (85)
19. Angola 86)
20. South Africa (88)

Top 20 in FIFA's world rankings:

1. Spain
2. Brazil
3. Netherlands
4. Portugal
5. Italy
6. Germany
7. England
8. France
9. Argentina
10. Croatia
11. Greece
12. Russia
13. Chile
14. Egypt
15. Serbia
16. United States
17. Mexico
18. Uruguay
19. Australia
T20. Cameroon
T20. Switzerland

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Comments
  • Arthur Symington Smythe - 2010-03-31 12:35

    Good grief how bad are these losers. Absolutely disgraceful and pathetic. With all the resources available compared to other African nations and look where they are. Bunch of lazy clowns

  • Protter - 2010-03-31 12:36

    I thought Egypt was part of Africa?????

  • fucken useless - 2010-03-31 12:41

    fuken useless!!!

  • katy - 2010-03-31 12:43

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

  • ebrahim - 2010-03-31 12:46

    "Bunch of lazy clowns"...well said Arthur. Lets admit it, SA will not make it to the top unless we start creating avenue eg. high performance type soccer schools that nuture talent...Its unfortunate that SA soccer players, both playing at a domestic and international level play without a strategy....the way I see it, its more about, holding on to the ball, pleasing the crowd with some "dribbling" moves that just waste time and result in the side loosing....How ironic: SA politics is all about power struggle, SA footballers its all about holding to the that ball......stupid

  • Thabiso Makhetha - 2010-03-31 12:51

    Protter...i support your question...Where is Egypt?

  • Molefe@ArthurSymingtonSmythe - 2010-03-31 12:51

    You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about do you!

  • ebrahim - 2010-03-31 12:52

    "Bunch of lazy clowns"...well said Arthur. Lets admit it, SA will not make it to the top unless we start creating avenue eg. high performance type soccer schools that nuture talent...Its unfortunate that SA soccer players, both playing at a domestic and international level play without a strategy....the way I see it, its more about, holding on to the ball, pleasing the crowd with some "dribbling" moves that just waste time and result in the side loosing....How ironic: SA politics is all about power struggle, SA footballers its all about holding to the that ball......stupid

  • Egyptian_in_SA - 2010-03-31 12:53

    Since when is Egypt not in Africa? Seriously now... or is this one of those bs pan-african/pro-africanist nonsense that says "if you're brown rather than black you're not an African"?

  • Willie - 2010-03-31 12:53

    Perhaps the plan is to steal the "Ranking" and then ask for a huge ransome but in the meantime we change the numbers to make BB one of the top 20 - wonderful plan Mr. Jordaan. Wish these guys would be realistic for a change. BB can possibly win through to the 2nd round but at this stage it really is going to take a MIRACLE of humoungous proportions to get them any further - even with CA Parreira in charge!!

  • nzs - 2010-03-31 13:00

    @Protter Indeed, how come that Egypt (being the current holders of the AFCON cup, and having won so many times in a row) do not feature on the top-20 African teams. My bet is that Egypt should be occupying the Number-1 spot on the African rankings, and then 14th on the world rankings. Something is odd in these rankings, or in the reporting thereof.

  • jj - 2010-03-31 13:02

    I think the team needs to be transformed.

  • Johann - 2010-03-31 13:05

    Such poor journalism...so Egypt is now part of Europe I take it?

  • James Jones - 2010-03-31 13:08

    "At least World Cup CEO Danny Jordaan has hinted about a revolutionary plan"- DANNY BRIBERY OF SEPP BLATTER WONT WORK

  • observer - 2010-03-31 13:12

    The person who wrote this article is as worse as the soccer team as he/she didn't even get the fact STRIGHT!. China and Columbia is NOT playing in the SWC in the first place....

  • Hedgehog - 2010-03-31 13:13

    What about Egypt; that is in Africa, is it not? This doesn't really make sense: "and no doubt victory over the South Africans at Asuncion could go a long way towards restoring Bafana Bafana’s image and ranking as the kickoff draws nearer." I would think a victory BY Bafana would help them not a victory OVER them? Let's hope Bafana Bafana can get their act together before WC, would love to see them in at least the top 16!

  • ex lazy clown @ arthur - 2010-03-31 13:15

    How dare you compare these losers to lazy clowns!!?? As an ex lazy clown I feel highly offended! Even lazy clowns have entertainment value. These guys have ziltch!!

  • AL @ Protter/Thabiso - 2010-03-31 13:21

    WTF are you on about??? Did you read the article? Anyway, Mexico - 17, Uruguay - 18, France - 8 and Bafana - 88 = early exit out of the cup

  • Tumelo - 2010-03-31 13:22

    Suggestion; Fifa, please remove us from that list....

  • Luke - 2010-03-31 13:35

    Bafana are overpaid underachievers. They will embarress us at the World Cup.

  • Raj - 2010-03-31 13:41

    Here we go again....pundits moaning and groaning...wait until the SWC starts before you criticise....or maybe you all should hide in your houses and forget that you are part of this country.

  • Matso - 2010-03-31 13:42

    People are lazy to read but so quick to comment. Egypt is ranked no1 in Africa and 14 in the world, so I wonder you ask this question "I thought Egypt was part of Africa?????".

  • Graham - 2010-03-31 13:42

    88, just 12 to go. Will Bafana reach their century before the World Cup?

  • Arthur Symington Smythe - 2010-03-31 13:43

    @Molefe, why havent I any idea. This article is the brutal truth. I never expect Bafana to be best in the world - that is unrealistic. But 20th in AFRICA. Plus our club sides seem to struggle in the African Champs League - that is pathetic

  • Sakkie Boer - 2010-03-31 13:43

    Sokker sal net beter raak in Suid Afrika wanneer die Boere meer begin sokker speel.

  • Lo Rensburg - 2010-03-31 13:45

    Clearly none of you can read......Egypt No: 1 in Africa and no:14 in the world.... Don't worry they will have some excuse..they have the best facilities in the whole of Africa...however they seem to be the worst....it's all about attitude....as long as they doing alright and earning heaps of cash....they don't care.....pretty much the their leaders....and government

  • Anonymous - 2010-03-31 13:54

    @Protter, Thabiso, Egyptian in SA: what is that thing on top .... oh it must be a fly, or maybe it must be 5 letters which are called egypt. Seriously guys, we have better things to worry about, stop worrying about your neighbours, they are copying well. We are busy sliding on this FIFA scale, I think we need to ask FIFA to stop ranking us as we are in the "DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES", unless of course if we need to be ranked amongst our own PSL teams. I am getting really sick and depressed whenever the Bafana topic pops its head on the media, this is definitely not a motivation to buy that expensive shirt and to even bother buying those already reduced tickets.

  • HAHA - 2010-03-31 13:55

    I'm surprised Malema hasn't blamed this on apartheid yet!

  • @observer - 2010-03-31 13:57

    Did you even read the article? The author said that Bafana is playing China and Columbia BEFORE the SWC during warm up games. As for those who seem confused as to why Egypt is not appearing on the African rankings, look again, they are at the top.... Oh my word did anyone read this article properly? Anyways, embarassing how we even drop in the rankings while not doing anything. 14 years ago we won the African Cup of nations and now we are 20th in Africa! Shocking...

  • Mann - 2010-03-31 14:00

    They suck, that's the bottom line.

  • TDK - 2010-03-31 14:08

    Here's the plan - rape the other countries until they are out of breath and to tired to play. The ones not giving in will have to be murdered by Malema's thugs.

  • David - 2010-03-31 14:09

    What does it matter if you are ranked 88 or 188 just enjoy the opportunity to show the world the country which will create further forex to flow in as long as you make evryone welcome and show the good side of SA

  • BAFANA - 2010-03-31 14:14

    Just proves how many left wigners are just waiting to jump on the negative story. A lot fo you here do not know what you are talking about. If a team has not played any competitive matches and the other teams play then its not so much of a drop in rankings but rather other teams have gone up. So this is not really new data, Bafana were 81 last week, now 84 without having played an official match. Also Bafana was last in a tournament in June last year, missed out on Afcon 2010,

  • kenneth@ Protter - 2010-03-31 14:15

    I must be reading a different article. What is the issue about Egypt. The article is about our "glorious national team" slipping down the rankings. It quite clearly states that Egypt is no 1 ranked in Africa and 14th in the world.

  • big-dee - 2010-03-31 14:18

    @arthur - spoken like a gentleman with knowledge and constructive comments to add - not like the buffoons whom comment before thinking or reacting as if we are going to make the semi in the swc - ha

  • Fanie - 2010-03-31 14:19

    The effect of the amount of money SA spend on soccer , must be even 10 more , if we only consider Africa , where all the other nations are poor. And still we are last on the continent . What a joke. Just confirms there is something very big wrong . I do not see this changing unfortunately. One cleans a flight of stairs from the top.

  • Useless Bafana - 2010-03-31 14:22

    bafana is made up of bunch of useless guys once they hit the fame start thinking are bigger than the game e.g. Teko, Benni...These punks won't fly our flag high with pride....I remember & miss Tovey, Radebe, Mkhalele, Sizwe, Moeti, Tinkler, Doctor, Masinga, etc...These guys soldiered for the nation...Salute to the Class of '96...Thumbs down to the 2010 idiots.

  • HannaHanna - 2010-03-31 14:23

    Like everything else in (South) Africa... All show and dance and no delivery. Guess they'll use the service delivery protest logic and burn the stadiums if we lose? Look on the bright side, at least SA is in the top 100!

  • Arthur Symington Smythe - 2010-03-31 14:24

    @ex lazy clown, LOL

  • FORTUNE - 2010-03-31 14:29

    Guys Egypt is number one in AFRICA and number 14 in FIFA's world rankings.......Please don't even mention Bafana Banyana i mean Bafana Bafana cause they useless bunch of ????????????????????

  • keith - 2010-03-31 14:43

    Come on boys - show us what you're made of when the World Cup rolls in...let bygones be bygones and start moving up! (if I had a “vuvu” I’d be using it right now) to the others b!tching, get behind our team for goodness sake.

  • Viking - 2010-03-31 14:50

    It's rather scary when you consider that with our talent and money we are ranked so low in Africa. Seriously, we shoud be in the top3 in Africa with our resources. The structures in place in SA football are cause for serious concern, never mind the political shenanigins! It is also quite a sobering thought that Africa's top ranked side took such a hiding off England not so long ago!

  • @BAFANA - 2010-03-31 14:59

    And why didn't they compete in Afcon 2010????

  • Desmond22 - 2010-03-31 15:01

    I cant wait to hear the Bafana clowns got hammered in all their opening round matches! I say hear as I shant be watching. I would rather remove my own eyeballs with a rusty spoon than have to sit through a Bafana match!

  • Egyptian_in_SA - 2010-03-31 15:01

    @Lo and Fortune: When the article was initially published, Egypt was not listed under the African countries, that is why we were so upset. They've clearly updated the list after our complaints were noticed. As for Banana Banana, my predictions are still the same, they'll be out in the first round, with dismal performances against all the members of Group A. As for the World Cup, we'll provide a good show, as has been shown by how South Africa managed the Cricket world cup, Confederate Cup and the Rugby World Cup. Just a pity our team is a basket filled with old fruit.

  • How Many - 2010-03-31 15:08

    I thought only 80 countries played soccer. Maybe it's time for South Africa to withdraw from that list - We are probably the laughing stock all over the soccer playing world. Struggling to beat club sides and probably also, most high school sides from all the countries playing soccer.

  • Banana - 2010-03-31 15:11

    Lets all do the Diski dance - Bafana slip down the rankings....

  • Craig - 2010-03-31 15:21

    Its time the WC actually showcased the talents of the top teams, no more mickey mouse 88th ranked teams competing just the top 20 best teams in the world, that would be a competition worth watching.

  • Not a Soccer Fan - 2010-03-31 15:23

    Did anyone expect any more (maybe less) from our national team?

  • Thabo Seleke - 2010-03-31 15:33

    Thabiso Makhetha3/31/2010 12:51 PM are you from randfontein mohlakeng?

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