Bafana slip down the rankings

2011-09-21 18:40

Johannesburg - South Africa have dropped four places to 51st position in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Wednesday.

It is Bafana Bafana's lowest rating - and the first time they have dropped out of the top 50 - since January.

“We have to accept what is happening, especially as it has to do with our last three matches where we won one, drew one and lost one to Egypt, Burkina Faso and Niger respectively," said Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane.

Their latest ranking also sees the South Africans drop two places to ninth on the African continent.

"Going down the rankings is not good, we are aware that it has a lot to do with our loss to Niger and it’s understandable. It’s not a great situation to find ourselves in and we know we just have to win our next matches to rectify matters," said Mosimane.

Bafana had risen to 38th position in May - their highest ranking in seven years - after successive victories over Kenya, Egypt and Tanzania.

Despite drawing 0-0 against traditional powerhouse Egypt in Cairo, and defeating Burkina Faso 3-0 in Johannesburg, they slipped down the rankings due to relative inactivity.

A 2-1 loss to Niger in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Niamey earlier this month saw them slide even further down the global list.

South Africa face Sierra Leone in a crucial AFCON qualifier in Nelspruit in October.

"At the moment our attention is on our next match against Sierra Leone so we can qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and once we achieve that we know that we can fight to reclaim our position on the rankings.”


  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-21 18:53

    hehe -- so much for an all-black team. Must be apartheid

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-22 07:26

      Gatvol it must be bad to wake up in the morning look in the mirror and realise you still the same racist little sh*t thn the dudes from 1965 neh? it must be hard on you hey!! Got news for you dude, you a white guy in a BLACK country so behave, your days as whites ruling a BLACK country is over, dude so move on or move out

      Honestly - 2011-09-22 07:43

      It's not apartheids faullt, nor that of the new SA. Blame it on the lack of skill and mental ability

      sabelo - 2011-09-22 10:38

      you need to change the way to think and stop being a is just showing your foolishness

  • johan - 2011-09-21 21:03

    im sure this can be corrected by a non political way?

  • BardofAvon - 2011-09-21 21:05


  • sabelo - 2011-09-22 03:19

    stop being so racist we all rally behind springboks, how man blacks there? we also rally behind proteas, how many blacks there? so stop this nonsense because you are just unreosenable.let support bafana and stop being so racist*shocked*

      BrainOu - 2011-09-22 08:23

      Springboks (world champs) - majority white, Proteas (consistantly top three) - majority white, Bafana (51st) - majority black. You do the math!! Just a thought.

      sjkranenburg - 2011-09-22 13:44

      rugby and crikcet are played by few countries professionally, whereas football is played by over 200 countries professionally. please, use you brain. its got nothing to do with race.

  • Jess - 2011-09-22 05:10

    I think the race card has some merit here but not in the way it has been depicted above. If Bafana is 51st in the world should we not be looking to conduct coaching clinics to increase the white player participation in order to strengthen the side regardless of colour but instead purely focusing on talent? If this is not the case then you have to be fair and scrap any form of the quota sytem, whether formal or informal, within the rugby fraternity. Fair is fair!

  • Annoy - 2011-09-22 08:12

    Fire the coach

  • crazydude - 2011-09-22 08:28

    Bafana's biggest problem is inactivity. Every qualifier window also has time for a friendly to be played. SAFA should be arranging more friendlies, to help Bafana earn more ranking points. This team has only lost 2 matches since the WC.

  • MatteJerry - 2011-09-22 12:46

    Get up and start the walk again

  • sjkranenburg - 2011-09-22 13:48

    The problem isn't Bafana as far as im concerned but rather the organisation body SAFA that hasn't come to the party for the last twenty years. Almost as useless as the SABC.

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