Bafana made no progress in 2020

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Bafana Bafana’s latest position in the FIFA rankings has been revealed.

SA’s senior national team has finished 2020 in the same position that they finished 2019 in the rankings.

 

Molefi Ntseki’s charges finish the year in 71st place in the latest rankings revealed by FIFA. It has been a difficult year for the coach who was forced to play just four games in the entire year owing to the on-going Covid19 pandemic.

The first matches came in October when they hosted neighbours Namibia and Zambia for two international friendly matches at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rusternburg, North West. 

A 1-1 draw against Namibia in the first game was followed by a 2-1 defeat against Zambia at the same venue. South Africa then hosted Sao Tome ePrincipe in back-to-back 2021 AFCON qualifiers after the two federations agreed that both games be played in South Africa to make things easy due to the pandemic.

South Africa won the first game in Durban by two goals to nil before winning the second game 4-2 in Port Elizabeth to secure all six points and move up to second spot in the group behind Ghana who have the same number of points, but have a better goal difference than the South Africans. 

Those two victories were not enough to help Bafana Bafana move up in both the November and December FIFA rankings.

Ntseki will hope to have a better 2021 as the AFCON qualifiers will be coming to an end with South Africa first hosting Ghana before traveling away to Sudan to finish the qualification campaign.

Senegal sit top of the CAF rankings followed by Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Nigeria. Belgium remain first in the world followed by France, Brazil, England and Portugal who complete the top five ranked teams in the world.

Hungary finished the year as the team that made a lot of progress after moving up 12 spots to 40th by the end of the year. 

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