Bafana's next opponents edged out of top 10
BAFANA Bafana are stuck on 68th spot in the latest Fifa world rankings, but their next opponents - the once all-powerful Brazil - have dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in 19 years.
The latest rankings saw Brazil in 11th place, their worst ranking since 1993.
They will play South Africa in Sao Paulo on September 7 in what will be new coach Gordon Igesund's first game in charge.
Bafana, who are 14th in Africa, have had a poor run in World Cup qualifiers, drawing against Ethiopia and Botswana last month. The first of those draws cost previous coach Pitso Mosimane his job.
Steve Komphela, who took over from Mosimane as a caretaker coach for the qualifier against Botswana and a 3-0 win over a youthful Gabon, lost out last week to Igesund for the permanent job.
Mosimane was offered a position as technical adviser to Igesund, but has turned it down.
World and European champions Spain stretched their lead at the top while Ivory Coast retained their top spot in Africa and remain No16 in the world.
A surge in points for European teams pushed Brazil down six places. The 2014 World Cup hosts were hurt by not playing any official matches recently.
Germany, who lost the Euro 2012 semifinal to Italy, climbed one spot to second place, edging South American champions Uruguay into third.
England rose two places to No4 despite failing to reach the semifinals of every major tournament since 1996.
The rankings weigh all results, including friendlies, over a four-year cycle.
- Additional reporting by Sapa-AP