South Africa’s Bafana Bafana has moved up to number 73 on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) global rankings released today, 20 September 2018.
Stuart Baxter’s team moved up a single place from its previous listing of 74 in August 2018.
The improvement was achieved, despite the disappointing home goalless draw with Libya in the African Nations Cup qualifiers earlier this month.
South Africa also remain on fourteenth position on the African continent.
The recent status is a further improvement on where Bafana started the year at number 78 in January‚ but is still well off its highest ever position of 19, achieved just after South Africa won the Nations Cup in 1996.
Tunisia remain the top-ranked side on the African continent this month‚ followed by Senegal‚ DR Congo‚ Morocco‚ Nigeria and Cameroon.
The Seychelles‚ who Bafana will play in home and away Nations Cup qualifiers next month‚ dropped a single place to number 189 in the world.
Libya got some reward for its draw in Durban as they moved up two places to number 99 on the global list‚ though that is well down from its best ever position of number 54 in 2012.
Belgium moved above world champions France to the top of the overall rankings‚ with Brazil in third‚ followed by Croatia and Uruguay.
World top ten:
Africa’s top ten:
- DR Congo
- Burkina Faso