Bafana Bafana have dropped two places from their previous 47th position in the latest FIFA world rankings released this week. Pitso Mosimane’s team, however, maintained their seventh position on the continent, making them one of the seeded teams for the 2014 FIFA World Cup draw to be held in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. As a seeded side for the tournament Bafana will avoid the top ten-ranked powerhouses on the continent: Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Algeria, and Tunisia. “The South American teams have accumulated points over the past month thanks to the Copa America tournament which helped them make strides, while we were inactive. This shows that is important to keep on playing to stand a better chance of improving on our rankings. Now it becomes crucial that we qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament and go as far as we can to help us also climb higher,” said Pitso Mosimane. The 2012 Africa cup of Nations will be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon who have both already qualified to the finals along with Botswana. The cup will allow a great opportunity for African teams to advance in the FIFA world rankings depending on their success. Bafana’s next opponents, Burkina Faso, have also dropped two places to 39th in the world but remain fourth on the continent. Spain remains top of the world rankings, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and Uruguay. The next rankings will be released on August 24.
Bafana Bafana will take on Burkina Faso on August 10 at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. Kick-off is at 8:15pm.
Nzalang Nacional (Equatorial Guinea) will be playing Guinea-Bissau on August 10th, 2011 in Portugal. It is a highly anticipated match and the coach of the Nzalang Nacional will be hoping that this match will aid him in making squad selections and will be hoping to get the best out the players he has chosen. This is in anticipation of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations which Equatorial Guinea has already qualified for as they are co-hosting the event. Guinea-Bissau have both won and lost one game this year with a hat-trick by Cicero aiding them fend off Gambia but then more recently losing to Uganda 1-0 at home. The Nzaland Nacional have been very busy this year ranking up 7 matches this year already with 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. They have defeated the likes of Chad, Gambia, RSC Montreuil and Brittany.
The Botswana national team is on a training tour of South Africa as part of preparations for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. However, deputy first choice goalie Noah Maposa and striker Moemedi Maotlhaping will miss the trip due to their involvement in trials in South Africa. Botswana were the first country to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations apart from co-hosts Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.