Bafana up to 65th in latest Fifa rankings

South Africa have not been in action since their humiliating 5-0 defeat to Brazil in March, but they are now up to 65th in the latest Fifa rankings
South Africa have climbed one spot up in the latest Fifa rankings released by the world's football governing body on Thursday morning.

Bafana Bafana are now ranked 65th in the world, replacing Republic of Ireland despite playing their last competitive international match back in March.

The 2010 Fifa World Cup hosts have also moved from 15th to 14th on the continent with the likes of Cote D'Ivoire and Nigeria still higher than the SA senior national team.

Bafana will only return to action towards the end of this month (May) against both Australia and New Zealand. The squad for the two international friendly games was announced last month.

The current rankings might have no significant value to the South Africans, especially now that the draw for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers has already been conducted.

Bafana are in the same group with holders Nigeria and Sudan, where only the two top nations will qualify for the Afcon finals in Morocco.

Meanwhile, Igesund has made two changes to his initial squad that will face Australia and New Zealand on May 22 and May 26 respectively, with Hlompho Kekana and Erick Mathoho called up to replace Kagisho Dikgacoi and Siyanda Xulu respectively.

The Bafana mentor argued that the two players - Kekana and Mathoho - would have formed part of his squad had he decided to call more than 18 players for the two friendly games.

"In fact, had I named a bigger squad, both Hlompho and Mathoho could have been part of the initial squad because they are very much part of my future plans,” revealed Igesund.

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