Bafana Bafana Roar Back – South Africa Reclaims Top 10 Spot in Africa’s FIFA Rankings

Bafana Bafana Roar Back – South Africa Reclaims Top 10 Spot in Africa’s FIFA Rankings

In a remarkable turn of events, Bafana Bafana has made a triumphant return to the top 10-ranked nations in Africa, as unveiled by the latest FIFA world rankings on February 15.

This resurgence comes on the heels of their unexpected third-place finish at the recent Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in the Ivory Coast, a feat that caught many by surprise.

Historic Achievement: AFCON Medal After 24 Years

Securing a medal from an AFCON tournament for the first time in 24 years, Bafana Bafana defied expectations.

Initially ranked 13th in Africa and 66th globally, their commendable performance has propelled them to the 10th spot in the continent and an improved 58th position on the world stage.

Record High and Current Standings

While South Africa’s highest-ever FIFA ranking remains 16th, achieved after their 1996 AFCON triumph on home soil, their current standing reflects the impact of their recent achievements.

The new ranking positions Bafana Bafana as a force to be reckoned with in African football.

Shifting Landscape: AFCON Winners and Movers

The winners of AFCON 2023, Ivory Coast, ascended to fifth in Africa and 38th globally, showcasing the tournament’s transformative impact on the rankings.

Notably, beaten finalists Nigeria experienced significant progress, claiming the third spot in Africa and the 28th position worldwide.

Global Rankings Landscape: Top Three Unchanged

At the pinnacle of the overall FIFA rankings, there is no alteration, with Argentina maintaining the top position, followed by France and England, reinforcing the consistent dominance of these football powerhouses.

Top 10 African Countries: FIFA Rankings Snapshot

The latest FIFA rankings showcase the following top 10 African countries, with their corresponding global positions and points:

Morocco – 12th (1663.39 points)

Senegal – 17th (1620.74 points)

Nigeria – 28th (1522.26 points)

Egypt – 36th (1500.38 points)

Ivory Coast – 39th (1494.57 points)

Tunisia – 41st (1491.15 points)

Algeria – 43rd (1480.24 points)

Mali – 47th (1469.81 points)

Cameroon – 51st (1452.59 points)

South Africa – 58th (1410.23 points)


Bafana Bafana’s return to the top 10 in Africa reflects their resilience and potential to make significant strides in international football.

The challenge now lies in sustaining this momentum and building on their recent successes to establish themselves as a consistent force in the African football landscape.

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