Bafana down in Fifa rankings

2011-09-21 10:48

South Africa have dropped four places to 51st position in the latest Fifa world rankings released today.

It is Bafana Bafana’s lowest rating, and the first time they have dropped out of the top 50, since January.

Their latest ranking also sees the South Africans drop two places to ninth on the African continent.

Bafana had risen to 38th position in May – their highest ranking in seven years – after successive victories over Kenya, Egypt and Tanzania.

Despite drawing 0-0 against traditional powerhouse Egypt in Cairo, and defeating Burkina Faso 3-0 in Joburg, they slipped down the rankings due to relative inactivity.

A 2-1 loss to Niger in an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in Niamey earlier this month saw them slide even further down the global list.

South Africa face Sierra Leone in a crucial Afcon qualifier in Nelspruit in October.

South Africa have dropped four places to 51st position in the latest Fifa world rankings released today.

It is Bafana Bafana’s lowest rating, and the first time they have dropped out of the top 50, since January.

Their latest ranking also sees the South Africans drop two places to ninth on the African continent.

Bafana had risen to 38th position in May – their highest ranking in seven years – after successive victories over Kenya, Egypt and Tanzania.

Despite drawing 0-0 against traditional powerhouse Egypt in Cairo, and defeating Burkina Faso 3-0 in Joburg, they slipped down the rankings due to relative inactivity.

A 2-1 loss to Niger in an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in Niamey earlier this month saw them slide even further down the global list.

South Africa face Sierra Leone in a crucial Afcon qualifier in Nelspruit in October.

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