By FOCUS REPORTER
BAFANA Bafana have dropped two places from their previous 47th to 49th position in the latest FIFA Coca Cola/World Rankings released yesterday.
The Pitso Mosimane-led side has, however, maintained their seventh position on the continent, which makes them one of the seeded teams for the 2014 FIFA World Cup draw to be held in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
As a seeded side for the tournament, Bafana has avoided the top ten-ranked powerhouses on the continent: Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Algeria and Tunisia. Egypt and Ghana have swopped places to occupy second and third places respectively.
South Africa’s drop is due to their inactivity, while the recently-ended Copa America tournament in South America has also played a major role with some of the biggest movers coming from that region. The winners of the showpiece Uruguay have moved 13 places to 5th position in the world, while silver medallists Paraguay shifted six places up to the 26th spot. Chile is in eleventh position having moved 16 places; semi-finalists Peru is 25th, a move of 24 places; Colombia occupies the 35th spot from 45th in the previous rankings while Venezuela is in the 40th position from 69th.
“As you can see the South Americans teams have accumulated points over the past month thanks to the Copa America tournament which helped them make strides, while we were inactive. This shows that is important to keep on playing to stand a better chance of improving on our rankings. Now it becomes crucial that we qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament and go as far as we can to help us also climb higher. But even before then we need to do well in the three upcoming matches, Burkina Faso, Niger and Sierra Leone to start the journey back to the top. But it’s good that we are still in the top ten on the continent as this will help a great deal when the 2014 FIFA World Cup draw is conducted this coming weekend in Brazil, where we will be seeded,” said Bafana Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane.
South Africa’s next opponents, Burkina Faso, have also dropped two places to 39th in the world but remain fourth on the continent.
World champions Spain remain top of the world rankings, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and Uruguay. England, Italy, Portugal, Croatia and Argentina complete the top ten.
The next FIFA Coca Cola/World Rankings will be released on August 24.
Meanwhile tickets for the friendly international match between Bafana Bafana and Burkina Faso are available at all Computicket outlets, Shoprite and Shoprite/Checkers stores around the country. The tickets are fifty rand (R50) for the upper tier stands and one hundred rand (R100) for the lower tier stands.
Bafana Bafana will take on Burkina Faso August 10 at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. Kickoff is at 8.15pm.
There are also VIP Hospitality Packages ranging from six hundred and fifty-five rand (R655) to one thousand four-hundred rand (R1400).
For more information on the hospitality packages kind contact, Willie Geldenhuys, Susan Odendaal or Nokwazi Miya:
Tel. No: 011 402 8644
Contact: Willie Geldenhuys (082 450 8215)