Bafana move up in rankings

2013-01-17 13:05

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana have moved up two places in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, but remain the lowest ranked side in their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group A.

Bafana had been in free-fall down the rankings before Thursday's list was released and can take some small comfort from their upward movement.

They are now at No 85 in the world and 22nd in Africa, well below SAFA’s stated ambition of a regular place in the world’s top 20 and Africa’s top 3.

But a successful Nations Cup campaign would certainly elevate them close to those levels and that is an additional carrot being dangled in front of coach Gordon Igesund and his team.

They are also below Cape Verde (70th and 15th), Morocco (74th and 17th) and Angola (78th and 19th), who they take on in their AFCON pool.

Ivory Coast remain the top side in Africa, and a healthy No 14 in the world, while Algeria have clung on to second spot, followed by Mali, Ghana and Zambia.

Libya, Gabon and Central African Republic will all not be at the 2013 Nations Cup, but sit in positions six to eight, with Nigeria and Tunisia rounding out the top 10.

Egypt were the biggest fallers, dropping 13 places in the world rankings and to No 11 in Africa. Recent losses to Ghana and Ivory Coast did not help their cause.

There was no change in the global list with Spain holding on to top spot ahead of Germany, Argentina, Italy and Colombia. England, Portugal, Netherlands, Russia and Croatia round out the top 10.

Top 20 in the latest FIFA rankings:

1. Spain
2. Germany
3. Argentina
4. Italy
5. Colombia
6. England
7. Portugal
8. Netherlands
9. Russia
10. Croatia
11. Greece
12. Ecuador
13. Switzerland
14. Ivory Coast
15. Mexico
16. Uruguay
17. France
18. Brazil
19. Sweden
20. Belgium 


85. South Africa


  • boksom.bende.9 - 2013-01-17 13:18

    Pathetic! And there is absolutely no excuse. For almost two decades now, they have received world class coaching and money has been thrown at the sport in the billions. Compared to our cricket (Nr 1), rugby (nr 2) and even athletics and golf (Louis nr 4 in the world), this is just pathetic. Bunch of corrupt unions and players behaving like they are better than the sport!

      gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-17 13:29

      Agreed, even if football has more competitive playing countries than rugby and cricket bafana should be placed much better. SA has the facilities, players, money and means so what is the problem? There are poverished war torn countries ranked much better than SA, shocking!!

      junior.mahlo.9 - 2013-01-17 13:34

      But Proteas have never won any silverware, at least Bafana have won AFCON once

      avremel.niselow - 2013-01-17 13:40

      Junior, winning consecutive series in England and Australia is far more difficult then winning the AFCON.

      gareth.jones.7771 - 2013-01-17 13:43

      Proteas won the champions trophy in 1998

      gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-17 13:46

      Hey junior, take a look at that beautiful mace that the proteas are holders of for being number 1 test team. '96 along time ago.

      chris.buchner.12 - 2013-01-17 13:50

      Bafana won the afcon? Once? They are playing against teams as bad as them that's not something to be proud about if they reach the finals in world cups or beat championships vs south america or europe yeah woho go bafana but they can't... Atleast the proteas and bokke are up there challenging the best.

      mark.ross.779 - 2013-01-17 13:51

      What's your point Junior? Are you happy with the state of SA football right now, simply because we won AFCON 17 years ago? I agree 100% boksom.bende, it's pathetic. Gonna be 100% behind the boys but it is a quandry as to why we underperform so badly!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-17 14:27

      South African Football as a whole across the board had been on a downward slope and will continue to do so with it's inherent instabilities caused by various non-footballing side issues,weak structures that's in place and an indifferent attitudes by the majority players.How can you coach or manage a team like Bafana that's not committed,lack determination to win every game,lack world class players,i.e.,players that features in European Football or that are just not smart or clever enough on the pitch to use opportunities and win matches? Gordon Igesund needed to built his own team from scratch when he first took over this job and continually built on that team in various positions so as to enlarge his squad.Each year after that make your team (a)competitive and (b)solid and SAFA should have given him free rein in the players he chooses to play for Bafana and then back the Coach in his decisons.Sadly South African football,as is the case with other sports,turns political and goes on the representative BS and don't focus on the real issue starting with the youth set up so as to ingrained the winning ethos mentality from a very young age.

      junior.mahlo.9 - 2013-01-17 14:46

      Football is more competitive than any other sport in the world, a team must first play to qualify to play for a worldcup or continental cup unlike this easy sports where only 17 countries in the world participate. you can't be proud of that and its morally wrong to regard yourself as a world champion bcz infact u competed with teams that if they where to play qualification games b4 the tournament they wouldn't have made it, so the fact that you fail to win worldcup while playing with ameatures shows that you ain't good either. Chill

      mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-17 22:57

      Avremel.niselow should know. He wins the AFCON everyday. Easy stuff.

  • gerhard.uys.7 - 2013-01-17 13:29

    Come on Bafana! You have the potential to make our country extremely proud. . . . Brazil ranked 18th? ! ? !

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2013-01-17 13:36

    If they speak let them speak in the field this weekend. Huh huh, COLOMBIA 5th ON FIFA rankings and BRAZIL 18th?

  • alan.muir.18 - 2013-01-17 14:06

    Bafana Bafana is an very good example of the goverment. Lots of money and hot air but no action. No coach can ever change that culture.

      mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-17 23:01

      Of course. Seeing as there are black faces in government and BB, they've gotta be the same thing. Iyafana nje le nto neh wena mfethu? Yah sho. Uyasazi is'tibhini? Ilento oyikhulumayo.

  • lybon1 - 2013-01-17 14:06

    How???....when was the last time they scored??....i wont ask when was the last time they won

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2013-01-17 16:47

      Plz don't waste your breath Fanatic these morons won't understand!!

  • warren.carne.9 - 2013-01-17 14:09

    22nd? and here they think they have a chance in the continents showpiece?

  • grant.abrahams - 2013-01-17 14:15 the hell did they move up 2 places??????????? Wonder who Zuma, paid to get that right?? Bafana Bafana are an embarrassment to the nation aswell as the Continent....hope after their expected pathetic showing at the AFCON, the country will open their eyes and start investing money in sports which yield greater reward!! #BafanaSucks

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-01-17 15:23

      Jukskei maybe then?? or Netbal?

      Insanity.rulesall - 2013-01-17 16:15

      You know what mate....nah, not worth my effort!! Got more educated minds to debate

  • Insanity.rulesall - 2013-01-17 14:38

    While I get most of you don't and probably will never support Bafana Bafana..I simply don't understand the urge to constantly criticize the team. It's like your shallow minds can only do that or constantly compare them to your beloved springboks and proteas. Does it give you some sort of sadistic pleasure in doing that? It is your right not to support them but a little self etiquette will take you a long way. Think about that before you post your self pleasing insults about our national team

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-01-17 15:22

      Correct observation. Although Bafana is under performing, competition in football is much bigger then in small, elite based sports like cricket and rugby. South Africa is probably world Champion Jukskei as well, does that make the Jukskei team 'better' then Bafana Bafana??

  • sam.nkowane - 2013-01-17 14:41

    I'm Zambian! We had struggled time and time again to lift the trophy. We came close once or twice, but we were always dissappointed. One thing we never did, is trash our team. As disappointing as they were at times, we always believed. In fact, in our minds we believed we were the best in the World. That's what Patriotism is about. It's about believing the best even when the stats, and the record shows the worst. Come on bafana - even though I'm rooting for Chipolopolo, I must say I wish I could see a lot more patriotism behind you. For the love of the game - not the individuals who may corrupt or destroy it. Patriotism guys.

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2013-01-17 16:31

      Sam my brother u said it ol man,the problem is here in SA we got the Media,critics en Anti-Bafana Bafana's so ol dis craps wants to trash en destroy our boys en I wud like to plead with them to leave Bafana Bafana alone as they don't need yo pity comments nor your support,leave this team to us bcoz we support them through thick en thin we wont give up on them,so plz u morons jst f*ck-off!!!

      mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-17 23:05

      Sam - beneficiaries of apartheid cannot be patriotic. They feel hard done by - and that's the truth.

  • alan.ingram.355 - 2013-01-17 17:07

    until Bafana start playing a multi racial team they will always be loses !!!! I have been saying this since 1994 and have not yet been proved wrong!

      mabheshankone.zosuthu - 2013-01-17 23:07

      Like, which white player should they pick that's not already in the team? Like, when did they ever fail to pick a deserving white player? Like, when did soccer ever prevent whites from playing?

  • Fulu Madzunya - 2013-01-17 18:12

    change is inevitable, if it doesn't happen soon we're in big trouble. even if we move up in rankings

  • zakhele.justice.3 - 2013-01-17 18:33

    Don't read too much on Rankingz,Brazil cn beat most of the team ranked b4 them so do Bafana cn also beat Cape Verde anyway dnt compare soccer with other sports since soccer u must qualify b4 u play anyway u cnt compare Arms with legs Bafana iz nt perfoming well bt dnt write them off completely,look wat Zambia did

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