Bafana slide in rankings

2012-02-15 11:39

Johannesburg - South Africa have dropped two places to number 58 in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Wednesday.

Bafana Bafana are also down to number 10 in the African rankings as Zambia power into the top four.

There has been much change in the African Top 10 following the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations recently completed in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

South Africa were eighth going into February, but have been subsequently overtaken by Zambia, Mali, Gabon Libya and Tunisia, who have all improved their positions on the back of the Nations Cup.

But out of the top 10 go Egypt, Cameroon and Senegal, with the latter losing all three of their games at the continental showpiece and dropping from number five to number 16.

They are also the next opponents for Bafana Bafana, who host the Senegalese in Durban on February 29.

Ivory Coast have retained their position at the top of the African list of their final showing in Gabon, followed by Ghana, Algeria and then newly-crowned African champions Zambia.

Mali are fifth, with Gabon, Libya, Nigeria, Tunisia and South Africa rounding out the top 10.

World champions Spain remain the top side in the global list, but Germany have moved past Netherlands into second. Uruguay are fourth, England fifth, but Portugal have moved past Brazil into sixth place. Italy have also leap-frogged Croatia for eighth, while Denmark move into the top 10 at the expense of Argentina.


  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-02-15 11:49

    Nothing new i'm not surprised or disappointed anymore

      Dhirshan - 2012-02-15 12:55

      if safa don't even know how to register the team name, then what hope do we have ??? fire pitso already! jose mourinho 4 coach haha

  • scheepers - 2012-02-15 12:02

    This can only be apartheid's fault.

      stoute.babuseng - 2012-02-15 12:44

      Yep my fellow South Africa Black Brothers will blame it on apartheid. Lol

  • Hertzel - 2012-02-15 12:08

    ..what is so sad is that prior to 95 ..the leagues in the 3 racial divides [ white , coloured and black ] were stronger individually than it is today......

  • Patrick - 2012-02-15 12:34

    not surprise at all. bafana banana are only playing for money

  • sh.fish1 - 2012-02-15 12:56


  • Jerzy - 2012-02-15 13:05

    No, its not apartheid's fault, however the mental scars that many of us still carry today is. Since you are so way off topic, I thought i may as well join you.

  • Bob - 2012-02-15 13:12

    Can't be far from the bottom now, is there really 57 other nations that play soccer?

      Tokollo - 2012-02-15 13:25

      There are at least 206 football nations on the Fifa world ranking

      Bob - 2012-02-15 14:12

      Ok, so Banana Banana got a long way to go yet.

  • Etienne - 2012-02-15 13:13

    and this is news........WHY?

  • Xoli - 2012-02-15 13:18

    My coffee is getting cold...

  • Tokollo - 2012-02-15 13:21

    Individually we have a great array of players and can match some of the best in the world. SAFA is the main reason we dropped points. The entire SAFA needs to be restructured. Pitso was hired by the incompetent SAFA that does not understand football. Firing him will not make a difference as his replacement will continue leading our football to the pits.

      Xoli - 2012-02-15 13:27

      Are you suggesting that we start from scratch? if thats the case dont forget we play in the ACN next year, do you honestly think we will have enough time to prepare. unless you think we should start afresh and then if we dont do good we say"aahh but we did'nt have enough time to prepare" if the latter is your strategy than I'm in..

      Tokollo - 2012-02-15 13:37

      Do you honestly think that we have what it takes to do well in the next years African cup of nations? The main reason we have been dropping points is that we throw our players into the deep end and expect them to do well. There is no need for us to qualify for next years tournament since we are the hosting nation. Without the added pressure we need to use the time to structure a solid foundation for 2014. We need to use the opportunity to introduce the new players for the world-cup. Build a team around May Mahlangu and Thulani Serero

      Xoli - 2012-02-15 14:02

      I hear you, but what do you think? do you think that Pitso and the current administration is the reason for our decline in the World rankings?..if you do I beg to differ. I think one of the main reasons we are performing the way we do is because of a lack of consistency from our top players, look at Killer for instance we all know that he has been scoring regularly for the national team, but agains who? our Captain for instance was a regular in the national team but did not even feature in his club.Truth be told we need guys like Benny back in the team, people that have been there and knows it all, I do however agree with you in the case of building a National team around Serero and Mahlangu..But how did we get here?...

      Tokollo - 2012-02-15 14:27

      I second you big time. Benni was really needed during the AFCON qualification campaign and the world-cup but the same SAFA admin was the reason he will never honour the SA call up. How do we blend a team around the likes of May Mahlangu, Serero and other youngsters, all we need to do is give these players a chance to player and gel together as a team. Our admin arranges pointless teams to play against and the likes of Killer shine yet when we really need him to come to the party the same Mphela’s lack composure. Who is responsible for hiring coaches? Who is responsible for ensuring that the rules of the game are understood? Who is responsible for arranging friendlies? Whose responsibility is it that we should have a strong football nation, an organized and fruitful football culture? The answer here points to SAFA, and this same SAFA is slowly killing our national team as they have proven at the highest level that they don’t have a prevailing plan to restore our football pride.

      Craig - 2012-02-15 14:33

      We have one player in the English Premier league none in any of the other world top four leagues, proves your point about the quality of our players very wrong. Fitness, commitment and professionalism sorely lacking in our players.

      Tokollo - 2012-02-15 14:52

      Craig, last I checked we actually do have players playing their trade in England, Holland, Spain ect....

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 15:50

      I agree that we need beni back

      Xoli - 2012-02-15 16:16

      Agreed, good points

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-02-15 14:03

    pffft bafana bafunny, i doubt we will ever qualify for a major tournament ever again,, no afcon no world cups. the worst sport team in south africa

  • hudds - 2012-02-15 16:21

    Bafana Bafana are a joke.. South Africa probably has the richest league in Africa yet we cant even make the AFCON!! get rid of all these idiots that run the show and put in some real adminstration.. Its no wonder so many people now support the boks and proteas because they tired of being let down by Bafana!!

  • Kgomotso - 2012-02-15 21:32

    Pitso must go period he has failed us an apology at that level is not acceptable. If you aim for a formidable squable the likes of Benni are not needed, you need players who will play for every game you call them for Benni was certainly not that kind of a player. Benni is big headed and arrogant that demorise other players. Benni has been in many afcon tornaments that we did not do well what make people think his presence now will change things. The day we will have a pool of strong strikers in the PSL is the day we will have good outcome at national level

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