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28 Nov 2013
2:02 pm

Bafana Bafana remain unchanged in world rankings

Bafana Bafana remained in 61st position in the Fifa World Rankings list released on Thursday, despite beating Swaziland and Spain in November.

General views of fans during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between South Africa and Botswana from Moses Mabhida Stadium on September 07, 2013 in Durban, South Africa FILE PIC. Picture: Gallo Images

The team did move up one spot, however, in the Confederation of African Football (Caf) rankings, now occupying 11th position.

Bafana Bafana were credited with a win over Spain at FNB Stadium after a controversial seventh substitution by the visitors threw the status of the match into question.

Spain breached Fifa’s rule of a maximum six substitutions during an international friendly — a move which threatened to relegate the tie to a practice match.

The current World and European Champions made their seventh change in the 80th minute when substitute goalkeeper Victor Valdes went down injured and was then replaced by Pepe Reina in goal.

Bafana thrashed Swaziland 3-0 in Mbabane on November 15, before their shock 1-0 win over La Roja, but despite both results, South Africa would have to make do with remaining put in the international rankings.

– Sapa