Nigeria and South Africa have both dropped in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings released on Thursday, while Cape Verde are Africa’s big climbers.
The result has seen the national team leap 15 places up FIFA’s ranking of worldwide teams into 43rd place, overtaking the likes of Nigeria, Cameroon, Greece and Australia.
The lack of points in those three games has seen Bafana drop to 80 place in the rankings, seeing them hit their lowest point since 2013, when they were ranked in 85 position.
World Cup qualifying wins over the Czech Republic and Norway, combined with Brazil’s draw with Colombia, have allowed the world champions to regain the summit. No nation in the world has climbed more than the islanders during the last month, with the Sharks climbing up 264 points and 47 places overall.
Nigeria’s next opponent in the race to Russian Federation 2018, Zambia zoomed 18 places up (78th in the world) after recording a double against Algeria.
But the Eagles moved up two spots on the continent, going from sixth to fourth.
Luxembourg are also one of four teams to have reached an all-time high position in the latest Ranking, along with Peru (12, up 3), Northern Ireland (20, up 3) and Syria (75, up 5).