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Bafana Bafana's Afcon 2019 exploits see them rise in latest Fifa World Rankings

15:12 GMT+3 25/07/2019
Stuart Baxter, South Africa - July 2019
South Africa's efforts in Egypt have not gone unnoticed as they have moved up in the rankings

Following South Africa’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) exploits they have risen two places on the Fifa World Rankings.

Bafana Bafana experienced a continental campaign filled with a mixed bag of results and emotions.

Although they won just one of their group stage encounters which came courtesy of a narrow win over neighbours Namibia, Bafana still qualified for the knockout rounds as one of the four best third-placed finishers and subsequently pulled off one of the major upsets of the tournament.

A spirited performance saw Bafanas’s reputation rise as they eliminated hosts Egypt in front of a capacity crowd in Cairo.

However, celebrations were short-lived as they then exited the tournament in the quarter-finals after a narrow 2-1 defeat to Nigeria.

Nonetheless, Bafana Bafana’s exploits over the past month have seen them leap into 70th spot, according to the latest rankings which were released on Thursday.  

Meanwhile, Bafana still find themselves outside the continent’s top 10 as they are currently ranked 13th.

Elsewhere on the continent, despite losing in the final of Afcon, Senegal are now the continent’s best team and have made their way into the top 20 in the world.

On the other hand, Afcon 2019 winners Algeria are undoubtedly one of the biggest movers as they improved by a whopping 28 places and are now the fourth-best team in Africa.

Overall, Belgium remain the world’s highest-ranked team and are closely followed by Brazil, who were crowned Copa America champions. They subsequently leapfrogged the reigning Fifa World Cup champions France.