Bafana Bafana move to 77th in Fifa World Rankings

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Bafana will be in action in September 2018 against the Mediterranean Knights

South Africa have moved up on the latest Fifa world rankings which were released on Thursday.

Bafana Bafana, who are under the guidance of Stuart Baxter, have climbed up to 77th in the world in the rankings.

Baxter's side also moved up one place to 16th in Africa.

This is despite not having played a competitive fixture since the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Senegal in last November.

The Lions of Teranga, who had already qualified for the World Cup, defeated South Africa in Dakar.

Bafana's next competitive match is against Libya in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier (Group E).

South Africa, who beat Nigeria away in their first Group E match, are scheduled to host Libya on the 7th of September 2018.

Meanwhile, the South African Football Association (Safa) has turned down an invite to compete in the 2018 King’s Cup.

Safa received an invite for Bafana to compete in the tournament which will be taking place in Bangkok, Thailand next month.

Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Gabon and Slovakia are some of the countries which will participate in the competition.

Safa has indicated that they are hoping to secure a friendly game against a highly ranked opposition.

It remains to be seen whether Safa will be able to secure a high-profile friendly game during the March Fifa international friendly dates. 

Last month, Safa confirmed that it held talks with Royal Netherlands Football Association to get the Flying Dutchmen to play Bafana in this year’s Nelson Mandela Challenge.

The organisation stated that discussions regarding the date of the clash were still uncertain, with Safa unsure whether to go for the March 24 date or July 18, on Mandela’s birthday.

 

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