Bafana slip to No 60

2012-03-07 11:46

Johannesburg - South Africa’s gradual slide down the FIFA World Rankings continued on Wednesday when they slipped to number 60.

It is a long way off the highs of May 2011, when the team were ranked 38th in the world and an impressive fourth in Africa.

But six games without a win in the tail end of last year and into this have meant the side have lost their grip on a top 50 place and now sunk even lower.

The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finalists Ivory Coast have held on to top spot in Africa, followed by Ghana. Algeria cling on to third, with continental champions Zambia enjoying fourth position.

Mali are in fifth, while the remainder of the top 10 is filled by Gabon, Libya, Tunisia, Nigeria and South Africa.

Ivory Coast’s 15th position in the world rankings is also just one place off their previous best, which they achieved in June 2011.

There was also quite a bit of change in the global rankings, with Spain remaining the top team, but the Netherlands returning to second at the expense of Germany.

Uruguay stay in fourth, but Brazil have moved up two places to fifth. The rest of the top 10 includes England, Portugal, Argentina, Italy and Croatia.


  • Ashuvha - 2012-03-07 12:07

    We must shambock them,they are useless.

  • jrheeder - 2012-03-07 12:13

    BANANA BANANA! where is the white quota in the team? atleast 4 whites need to be on the field at all time to accurately represent all ethnicities in SA.

      matvee111 - 2012-03-10 13:59

      the question is do we even have white many white players do u know of in the PSL...

  • Dee - 2012-03-07 12:21

    Amazing, we're told that rugby is not transformed enough but soccer has been owned, managed, controlled by blacks for many many years & where are they in the world ratings? Compare that to rugby. Sorry to say whites do a better job.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-08 10:56

      Yes, where are the white players? And with all the soccer supporters in SA I am just amazed that we don't do better. Have the powers that be ever thought about investing in a top-notch coach and perhaps "importing" a couple of quality players to boost the side??

  • Tokollo - 2012-03-07 12:27

    ... and the decline continues.

  • Desh - 2012-03-07 12:30

    The Administrators and Coach seem to think that they can fix Bafana if they choose to do it. The Problem is that They are big fish swimming in a small pond. It is time to remove all of these useless people who dominate the sport. South Africa should be in the TOP TEN in the world. These is no quick fix. A serious local coaching strategy from the youth divisions need to be deployed. Just look at the disdain that our TOP CLUBS treat the African Competitions. Nowhere in the world is International Country and International Club fixtures treated with this lack of Professionalism by administrations of the country and the clubs. FIFA should penalise BAFANA and CAF should also do that to clubs that express lack of comittment in their compititions. Like a 2 year BAN. Let other clubs that are interested play. The display of the Goalkeeper during the end of CAF qualifier was nothing short of a RED CARD for unprofessional conduct. i have never seen a display of that sort. SO...

  • Ricky - 2012-03-07 12:39

    These guys spend to much spend too much time practising their dance moves.

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