Bafana plunge in rank­ings

The Times (South Africa) - - Sport - By NICK SAID

● South Africa’s back-to-back World Cup qual­i­fier de­feats to Cape Verde have seen them plum­met down the lat­est Fifa World Rank­ings re­leased on Thurs­day‚ drop­ping 14 places to No 80 in the world.

The losses that likely ended their bid to reach Rus­sia 2018 have seen Cape Verde shoot up a stag­ger­ing 47 places and leapfrog Bafana‚ who are now the 18thbest team in Africa.

That is well be­low the SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s stated aim of be­ing reg­u­larly in the top three on the CAF list and world top 20.

It is Bafana’s low­est rank­ing since they slipped to No 87 in 2012‚ with the team’s av­er­age rank­ing since the start of the Rank­ings in 1993 be­ing 51.

Egypt stay on top in Africa and Tu­nisia move to sec­ond place ahead of Sene­gal. DR Congo and Nige­ria round out the top five‚ with Ivory Coast‚ for so long the top team in Africa‚ now in ninth.

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