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Bafana make no progress in latest FIFA rankings

2016-12-22 16:01
Thulani Hlatshwayo (Supplied)

Zurich - Bafana Bafana have made no progress in the last FIFA world rankings released for 2016.

This has come hours after the South African Football Association confirmed that Shakes Mashaba has been released from his post as head coach of the national side.

South Africa remains 60th in the world while remaining 12th place in Africa as the year comes to a close.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi's beaten Copa America finalists Argentina end the year top of world rankings while France, defeated in the Euro 2016 final, were named 'mover of the year'.

Argentina finish 2016 out in front of arch rivals Brazil to inherit the 'team of the year' title from Belgium, displaced from the FIFA summit by the Edgardo Bauza-coached Albiceleste in April.

In all the Argentinians won 10 of their 15 games, with one of their three losses coming in the continental showpiece on penalties to Chile in June.

France too lost their own continental showpiece in extra time to Portugal on home soil but were named mover of the year after gaining the most ranking points with 13 wins out of 17 games.

Top 10 in the latest FIFA world rankings:

1. Argentina

2. Brazil

3. Germany

4. Chile

5. Belgium

6. Colombia

7. France

8. Portugal

9. Uruguay

10. Spain

Also:

60. South Africa

Top 10 in the latest CAF rankings:

1. Senegal

2. Cote d'Ivoire

3. Tunisia

4. Egypt

5. Algeria

6. Congo DR

7. Burkina Faso

8. Nigeria

9. Ghana

10. Morocco 

Also:

12. South Africa

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