Bafana slip to 76th in Fifa rankings

2012-10-03 09:58

South Africa fell two positions to 76th in the latest Fifa world rankings.

Bafana Bafana lost 1-0 against Brazil in Sao Paulo last month, going down for the first time in seven official matches this year.

Four days later they beat neighbours Mozambique 2-0 in Nelspruit.

The South Africans will continue their preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations when they play friendly internationals against Poland in Warsaw on October 12 and Kenya in Nairobi on October 16.

Bafana will be without Steven Pienaar, who announced his retirement from international football yesterday.

The Bafana squad to face Poland and Kenya:
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates)

Defenders:
Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Luvhengo Mungomeni (Moroka Swallows), Punch Masenamela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ricardo Nunes (MSK Zilina, Slovakia), Bongani Khumalo (PAOK, Greece) – captain, Siyabonga Sangweni (Orlando Pirates), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United)

Midfielders: Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Delron Buckley (Maritzburg United), May Mahlangu (Helsingborg IF, Sweden), Dean Furman (Oldham Athletic, England), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England), Sifiso Myeni (Orlando Pirates), Katlego Mashego (Free State Stars), George Lebese (Kaizer Chiefs)

Strikers: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Dino Ndlovu (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Tokelo Rantie (Malmo FF, Sweden)

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