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Bafana Bafana move up in latest Fifa World Rankings

16:09 GMT+4 15/03/2018
Bafana Bafana, Siphiwe Tshabalala & Stuart Baxter
The 1996 African champs have been given a slight boost ahead of their trip to Ndola where they will take part in the four-nation tournament this month

South African senior national team, Bafana Bafana, have moved up one place in the latest Fifa World Rankings.

Despite not being in action since November 2017, Bafana still managed to gain a few points to move from position 77 to 76 and ahead of Zambia in the world. 

They last played competitive football against Senegal in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, where they lost 2-0 in Dakar and subsequently failed to qualify for the finals in Russia

While this is not a significant rise in the Fifa world rankings, Stuart Baxter's men will be eager to improve further by doing well in the upcoming four-nation tournament which will take place in Ndola, Zambia next weekend.

Bafana will take on Angola in their opening match of the tournament, before playing either Zambia or Zimbabwe in their second match on March 25. 

Meanwhile, Baxter's charges moved up two places on the continent, and they're now ranked 15th. 

However, Bafana are still far from breaking into the top 10 nations in Africa, as they still have to overtake the likes of Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea and Mali among other African nations in front of them.  

Apart from taking part in the four-nation tournament in Zambia, Bafana are expected to play a few international friendlies before June to prepare for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya in September this year. 

Baxter has been mandated to ensure that Bafana qualify for the Afcon finals in Cameroon

Bafana are currently placed second on the Group E log with three points after the first round of matches.