BAFANA Bafana has moved two places up to 47th in the latest FIFA Coca Cola/World Rankings released today.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts have, however, maintained their seventh position on the continent.
The top three in Africa remain the same with Ivory Coast, Egypt and Ghana. But there have also been swopping of places in the top ten in Africa – Burkina Faso dropping one notch to fifth, and Nigeria taking their place in fourth. Algeria moves up three spots to sixth, occupying Senegal’s position and they are now eighth. The ninth and tenth positions have been taken by Cameroon and Tunisia.
“It’s good that we have moved up in the world, and kept our position on the continent. If you don’t move forward the best thing is to maintain position, but it’s just a matter of time before we are back in the top five in Africa. It’s a process but we will get there. Again it shows that it helps to play nations ranked above us like we did last year with Ghana and Burkina Faso recently, as well as Egypt in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The future looks good and promising, so whenever we get a chance to face the big guns we must not shy away. This also helps because we get to test ourselves and gives the players confidence,” said Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane.
The coach is aware that the rankings will play a vital role come the 2012 AFCON draw in October.
“There are two rankings to be released before the October draw in Malabo, and we have targeted that we will have notched two more wins in our remaining matches in the qualifiers. We had a vision to win three games before the draw, we started well with a victory over Burkina Faso. So we are left with Niger and Sierra Leone, and should we do well there hopefully we will have moved up and that will put us in a good position for the draw,” added Mosimane.
World champions Spain have been toppled by the Netherlands at the top of the world rankings, where there have also been swopping of places. Germany remains third, followed by Brazil who were sixth previously. Uruguay maintain their fifth position, England drops two places to sixth, Portugal moves one up to seventh, Italy falls down a spot to eight while Croatia and Argentina swop places for ninth and tenth positions.
The next FIFA Coca Cola/World Rankings will be released on September 21.-Safagoal.net