Fifa released their March update on the world rankings on Thursday morning, with surprising effect even when positions don't change effectivelyBafana Bafana remain 64th in the Fifa World Ranking, despite losing 5-0 against Brazil. The obvious reason the Fifa system is flawed is because you get the same number of points, whether you lose 1-0 or 10-0.
Most of the time South African's may not be critical of the points system, but after a humiliating thrashing by Brazil, this time we can feel the mark difference between this, and the close 1-0 loss away in Brazil.
Elsewhere in Africa, Ivory Coast are 24th in the world. Egypt moved up 12 places after beating highly rated European team, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Though, it must be remembered one-off results don't move you up dramatically, as witnessed when Bafana Bafana beat Spain 1-0.
In the top five rankings Spain, Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Colombia are also unchanged.
Fifa wrote in their March release of the rankings, "Close behind them are Uruguay (6th, up 1) and Switzerland (7th, down 1), while Belgium (10th, up 1) have jumped up into the top ten at the expense of the Netherlands (11th, down 1). Meanwhile England (12th, up 3) and Russia (19th, up 3) have made good progress in the top 20," stated Fifa on their official website.
The next Fifa World Ranking will be published on 10 April 2014.