Cape Town - South Africa have continued their march up the FIFA world rankings after climbing 10 places following the release of the standings.
Bafana Bafana have been in superb form since Shakes Mashaba's appointment as head coach in September, and their position at the top of AFCON qualifying Group A has been reflected on the FIFA table, where they sit 57th in the world and 12th in Africa.
It is Algeria, though, who continue to occupy top spot on the continent, and the Desert Foxes even climbed another five places in the world, where they are now ranked 15th.
Ghana, meanwhile, have dropped two places in the world, but sit fifth in Africa, while Nigeria's rocky situation both on and off the field has seen the Super Eagles drop five places to 42nd on the global stage, while they are ninth in the CAF rankings.
Zambia, on the other hand, have enjoyed a rise up the table of 10 places, leaving them 20th in Africa, although the tale has been less impressive for Zimbabwe, who have dropped nine places to sit outside the top 100 in world football.
Kenya also find themselves in the low hundreds as they lay 116th in the world and 34th on the continent after dropping five places in the standings.
In the global scheme, reigning world champions Germany remain unmoved at the top, with Argentina in second following closely by Colombia, while the Netherlands dropped one place to sit below fourth-placed Belgium.
Recently dethroned World Cup winners Spain, meanwhile, are 10th, while England's undefeated European Championship qualifying campaign has done little to help their ascension, with the Three Lions having actually dropped two places to sit 20th.
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