Bafana’s worst drop

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - FRONT PAGE - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­newage.co.za

APART from who he picks, Bafana Bafana coach Stu­art Bax­ter’s big­gest headache on Tues­day when he an­nounces his squad to face Burk­ina Faso in a 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier will be the team’s mas­sive drop in rank­ings.

Bafana have fallen an as­ton­ish­ing 14 places in the Fifa rank­ings, land­ing on the 80th spot in the world and 18th in Africa.

This is Bafana’s worst rank­ing since 2013.

This has added to the team’s woes, with Safa hav­ing cho­sen not to chal­lenge Fifa’s de­ci­sion to have the World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match be­tween Bafana and Sene­gal re­played. That de­ci­sion, cou­pled with Bafana’s back to back losses to Cape Verde, now sees Bafana bot­tom of Group D with a sin­gle point, while Burk­ina Faso and Cape Verde are joint top with six points each.

Stu­art Bax­ter

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