On The Rise - Bafana’s Improved FIFA Ranking Confirmed
Bafana Bafana’s victory over Libya not only secured qualification for the 2019 African Cup of Nations but also helped them move up FIFA’s world rankings for the first time this year.
Stuart Baxter’s side picked up a huge 2-1 win over the Libyans in Tunisia last month thanks to a brace from Percy Tau, with the South Africans now waiting to see how they will be pitted against in Egypt when the AFCON draw takes place this month.
The victory in Sfax has seen Bafana move up in the rankings – even though it’s just one place – into 73rd in the world, however, they do remain in 14th place in Africa sandwiched between Algeria and the Cape Verde Islands.
Baxter and his boys will have a big chance to make some serious movements in the rankings later this year when the AFCON gets underway, but for now, they will be happy to enjoy qualification and the joy of making a slight improvement in the current footballing world order.