Bafana shoot up the rankings

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South Africa have climbed another seven places to 39th in the latest Fifa World Rankings released Wednesday.

The South African football team, Bafana Bafana are now at their highest ranking since August 2005 and it continues a remarkable rise up the table that has seen them climb 51 places in the last 12 months.

It is good news for coach Pitso Mosimane as his side prepare for the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualification draw that will be held in Rio de Janeiro in July.

The rankings are used to seed the teams and the higher Bafana are seeded, the less likely they are to face one of the continent’s big guns in the qualification programme.

The national side has also moved into the top five in the African rankings, which are headed by Ghana, followed by Ivory Coast, Egypt, Nigeria and then South Africa.

Spain have retained their grip on the number one position in the global rankings, followed by Netherlands.

Brazil move into third though, ahead of Germany and Argentina. —Kickoff