Bafana Bafana rise one spot in September Fifa rankings

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Despite recently playing out to a goalless draw with Libya, Bafana Bafana have moved up the Fifa rankings

Fifa has revealed the latest world rankings for the month of September.

While it is a historic moment in the history of the rankings as for the very first time, France and Belgium share top spot, Bafana Bafana have moved up one spot.

The South Africa national men’s team recently played out to a goalless draw against Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, but that has done little to affect their ranking too drastically as they moved one spot from 74th to 73rd on the rankings.

Bafana are now ranked 15th on the continent and this should come as a boost as they gear up to face Seychelles home and away next month.

The South Africa Football Association (Safa) recently revealed that Bafana’s upcoming games against the Islanders as well as the clash against Nigeria in November will be hosted at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, Bafana’s rise up the ladder now means that they are ahead of the likes of Syria, neighbours Zambia and China but find themselves behind Saudi Arabia and El Salvador, who occupy the 71st and 72nd position respectively.

Bafana’s closest African rivals in front of them are Algeria, whose disappointing spell has seen them fall to 69 on the rankings.

Africa’s top ranked team is Tunisia, who find themselves ranked 23rd and are closely followed by Senegal in 25th.

Bafana’s fellow Afcon qualifiers Group E occupants Nigeria, wrap up the top five best teams on the continent as they rose to position 48 on the standings.

 

 

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