Bafana slide in FIFA rankings

2012-12-19 11:43

Zurich - South Africa dropped three places to 87th in the latest FIFA world rankings, released on Wednesday, one month before they open the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

Bafana Bafana have picked up two victories and three defeats since head coach Gordon Igesund took the reins in June.

Having struggled up front for most of the year, winning three of 10 games in 2012, they have fallen 31 positions since January.

Their latest rating leaves Bafana, who also slipped two places to 23rd among African nations, as the lowest-ranked team in Group A ahead of the AFCON tournament, and 12th of 16 teams in the continental competition.

Cape Verde Islands, their opponents in the January 19 opener in Johannesburg, are rated 69th, Morocco are 74th and Angola are 84th.

Spain remain top of the global rankings, and Ivory Coast, lying 14th overall, head the list among African teams.

South Africa play their first of three AFCON warm-up matches against Malawi in Durban on Saturday.

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. Switzerland
13. Ecuador
14. Ivory Coast
15. Mexico
16. Uruguay
17. France
18. Brazil
19. Algeria
20. Sweden


  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-12-19 12:18

    What is England doing in the top twenty maar?Or are they measured in their currency?The English team is sooo weak even Bafana Bafana can beat them.These rankings are always biased when it comes to England

  • patrick.mahungela - 2012-12-19 12:19

    With gordon we are going to to ranked 100 because every man of the man per game is included in the sguadhaha ta biwa gordon iti karhalele khale xikwadi axi fani na swallows

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-12-19 12:22

    how are england 6th? can't we stone the entire bafana team and safa?

  • KyleVDMerwe7 - 2012-12-19 12:43

    The FIFA rankings are rigged, how is England and Croatia so high up, and Brazil who have been playing better than England dropped so many places

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-12-19 13:25

    Wow, classy

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-19 14:11

    Suggession just play de weak teams to top the fifa rankings

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-19 14:23

    I think no 87 in the world is very good! I thought they were 187 th in the world! Well done boys we are very proud of you! ha ha ha!

  • russellblack.cowan - 2012-12-19 17:20

    WTF is england doing in 6th while Brazil who are 1 000 000 times better are in 18th. These rankings r F####d up. aLSO, Sweden and Ivory Coast are way better than England and they're still lower.

  • Japhta Matseba - 2012-12-19 18:17

    Colombia is the suprise package. lets jus play week sides every week to improve our ranking hehehe

  • unverifiedcomedian - 2012-12-19 22:09

    So you're telling me that SABC televise the 87th ranked team in the world (Bafana Bafana) , but not the 1st ranked team in the world (Proteas)? Ja, that makes a lot of sense.

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