Bafana finish the year ranked no better, no worse than 12 months ago

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South Africa’s FIFA world ranking has remained unchanged over the past 12 months.

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Bafana Bafana finished 2019 in 71st place and that’s exactly the same position they will finish 2020.

BAFANA PLAYED ONLY 4 MATCHES IN 2020

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Molefi Ntseki’s side played just four matches this calendar year.

Those matches comprised two friendlies against Namibia and Zambia followed by back-to-back 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe.

All four matches were played on South African soil.

Bafana’s record read: Played four, won two (Sao Tome 2-0 and 4-2), drew one (1-1 v Namibia) and lost one (2-1 v Zambia).

They will enter 2021 ranked 13th in Africa as Senegal lead the CAF standings, followed by Tunisia.

BAFANA WILL NEXT PLAY NEXT MARCH

Bafana will seek to improve their ranking next March when they host Ghana and then visit Sudan in AFCON qualifiers.

A positive result against the Black Stars who are ranked 52nd in the world and eighth in Africa will certainly boost Bafana’s ranking.

Meanwhile, Belgium have retained their status as the world’s top-ranked nation for the third consecutive year after seeing off competition from reigning Soccer World Cup champions France and South American giants Brazil, who rank second and third, respectively.

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