Bafana woes continue

2012-04-11 11:21

Johannesburg - South Africa have dropped a massive 11 places in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Wednesday and are now at the number 71 position in the list.

Although they have been inactive for the past month, the complicated manner of calculating points for results over the past four years means they have lost places based on victories since 2009 now carrying a lesser weight.

It is a blow for national team coach Pitso Mosimane, who had spoken bullishly about Bafana Bafana entering the top four in the African rankings just last year.

But they are a long way off that now having slipped to number 15 on the continent, behind the likes of Guinea and Sierra Leone, the latter having scuppered their chances of appearing at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Although many do not put much importance on the rankings, they are used to determine seedings for major finals and qualification campaigns, as well as by some European countries in determining the allocation of work permits to players.

Ivory Coast remain the top African side, followed by Ghana, Algeria, Mali and current African champions Zambia. Gabon, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Nigeria round out the Top 10.

Spain sit on top of the global rankings, but Netherlands have slipped to fourth behind Germany and Uruguay. Portugal have moved up to fifth, followed by Brazil, England, Croatia, Denmark and Argentina.


  • mzijimmym - 2012-04-11 11:31

    This is the reward we get from a coach who is paid more than R 5000.000 monthly,goeie ganade!

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-11 11:32

      how much??

      wo0two0t - 2012-04-11 11:45

      Is that 5mil or R5000? rly?

      Hanjo - 2012-04-11 11:48

      is that 5 thousand or 5 million? because I highly doubt either one is close to what he gets paid.

      Dhirshan - 2012-04-11 12:02

      he gets paid R800 000 a month (R700 000 less than alberto perreira) for doing nothing! put gordon igesund in! or we will end up like powerlines fc

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-11 11:36

    FIFA rankings mean so much......... As long as the team is improving who cares about the rankings But are they??

  • Andrew - 2012-04-11 12:00

    Appoint a non ANC cadre coach and perhaps your fortunes will rise. Remember Barker. I bet they wish him back but he is not AA and therefore not eligible.

      sabongam - 2012-04-11 16:14

      Andrew you're a true epitome of idiocy. As much as I'm not a fan of Pitso Mosimane, where the hell do you get the idea that he is an ANC supporter/cadre or otherwise? You also talk about Affirmitive action. When was the last time a black person was appointed as Bafana-Bafana coach? It seems like you're so blind you can't see past you hatred for anything black...It shows in your criticism of initiatives trying to uplift black people...I suppose you would be happy for Baxter to be the head coach and for Pitso to say ja baas to him...Typical. * FYI - I'm a huge critic of Pitso, in fact he should have been fired already*...

  • Dhirshan - 2012-04-11 12:08

    I SAY BREAK THE BANK and rope in jose mourinho lol. just for 2 years till the 2014 world cup . . .

      thabane.dladla - 2012-04-11 13:24

      He can't do anything this players are lazy and stiff headed!!!

  • Dhirshan - 2012-04-11 12:11

    i just dont get it. sa are brilliant at harder more technical sporting codes like rugby and cricket, world beaters in fact. you mean to tell me we cant get 11 decent players to kick a ball around. something is wrong, surely we are an amazingly talented sporting nation and soccer is the easiest and simplest of sports to play . . . thats why its so popolar . . .

      Heiku - 2012-04-11 13:29

      Not everyone plays rugby and cricket. Everyone plays soccer.

  • Pule - 2012-04-11 12:23

    Pitso done absolutely nothing in the history of football but he earn R600k-800k per montha,Komphela too what has he league no trophy,Gordon Igesund won 4 titles Hant also won 3.Nepotism Bafana will not go anywhere,nowhere

      thabane.dladla - 2012-04-11 13:21

      Yes Pule heads must roll !!I'm tired of this thing called''SAFA' useless nx!!!

      thulani.sparks - 2012-04-11 13:27

      Define Nepotism...

      Pule - 2012-04-12 00:11

      Nepotism is favouritism granted to a person without merit.I.e Pitso deserve to coach mvela not even Psl but he is coaching national side.

  • Borie - 2012-04-11 12:38

    The sooner SAFA head honchos come to accept n realise that South African players adapt easily to the Dutch philosophy of football the better.Thinking its closer to Brazilian is jus a dream n wannabe.

  • thulani.sparks - 2012-04-11 13:29

    How does the rankings justify England being in the top 10??

  • thabane.dladla - 2012-04-11 13:35

    This must be done: clean up SAFA ,we need ppl who knows the couch ,he is so stubborn ,makes me sick ,no game plane and he thinks bafana is a development team SCREW YOU.3 Install discipline to players,we need mentally prepared players.. All in all rejuvenation is needed everywhere (safa ,couch and players)

  • Su - 2012-04-11 14:09

    I WAS a big Jingles fan but my opinion of his handling of things is slipping. I so hope the addition of Mr Komphela can do us proud again.

  • Tokollo - 2012-04-11 15:27

    All we can do now is just really behing the national team and hope for the best. What a sad state :-|

  • thabo.ntoahae - 2012-04-11 18:05

    Shortest joke of the century : SAFA

  • braamc - 2012-04-11 19:42

    Not the coaches, just can't play, finish and klaar

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-12 09:29

    Let me guess ...Coach Pitso Mosimane is still confident?

  • Jay - 2012-04-13 15:05

    forget about the coaches they are not the problem! use the affirmative action policy and throw some whites in the team!!!!!!! white people in this country originate from england,holland, germany, france, portugal,italy!!!!! guess what those are the best football nations in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! forget about these jokers!!

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