After failing to secure victory against neighbours Namibia and Zambia in recent international friendly matches, Bafana Bafana have dropped down the pecking order in the latest FIFA rankings for October.
Molefi Ntseki’s charges now sit in 72nd spot in the overall rankings.
Other moves worth noting around the African continent and the world are as follows:
- The Netherlands dropping from 13th spot to 15th spot after losing 1-0 to Mexico, a draw against Italy and drawing with Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Netherlands now sits just a spot behind former world champions Germany who are ranked 14th.
- Malta are the biggest climbers having moved from 186th spot to 180th courtesy of their victory over 195th ranked Gibraltar and another win over Latvia.
- Belgium still leads the pack at the top with France (2nd), Brazil (3rd), England (4th) and Portugal (5th) completing the top 5.
- In the rest of Africa Egypt drops one spot to 52nd, Nigeria drops three places from 29th to 32nd while Morocco moves up four places to 39th. Ugandan ‘Cranes’ move up one place from 77th to 76th.
Bafana Bafana will be hoping to get better results when they face Sao Tome e Principe in an AFCON qualification double header next month.
Ntseki will be eager to register a double over the minnows to boost their rankings while getting the country a step closer to the 2022 AFCON in Cameroon.
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By Prince Sobayeni