Zurich - South Africa have dropped two places to No 62 in the latest FIFA rankings, despite their 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifying win against Central African Republic last month.
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Croatia have made a big move to No 4 in the rankings after two World Cup qualifying wins, and tournament hosts Brazil dropped to No 19.
World and European champion Spain lead an unchanged top three, from Germany and Argentina.
Croatia's victories against Wales and Scotland last month lifted them five places, and Portugal climbed two spots to No 5.
Colombia remain at No 6, followed by England and Italy, who both fell three places, and the Netherlands.
Ecuador enter the top 10, up two, and No 12 Ivory Coast are the top-ranked African team.
Rankings weigh results over a four-year cycle and Brazil, who fell one place, have dropped while playing no World Cup qualifiers.
Top 10 in Africa:
1. Ivory Coast (12th)
2. Ghana (22nd)
3. Mali (26th)
4. Nigeria (31st)
5. Algeria (35th)
6. Tunisia (41st)
7. Zambia (45th)
8. Burkina Faso (50th)
9. Equatorial Guinea (59th)
10. Cameroon (60th)