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World Cup hosts make gains in Fifa ranking

Bafana Bafana
Bafana Bafana have moved up seven places in the latest Fifa rankings

South Africa have climbed up seven places in the latest Fifa rankings released on Wednesday.

Bafana Bafana moved up seven places from 90th place to 83rd in the world.

However Bafana Bafana still remain the lowest ranked World Cup host ever, since the Fifa rankings began.

African champions Egypt, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, remain the highest placed African team, moving up one place to 12.

Cameroon stay in 19th place and are Africa's second highest placed team in the rankings.

Nigeria have dropped from 20th place to 21st, while Ivory Coast stay in 27th position.

The next African team on the list is Algeria, who move up one place to 30th and Ghana, who continue to occupy the 32nd position.

One of the World Cup favourites, Brazil, continue to occupy the top spot in the world ranking ahead of Spain and Portugal.

Top ten in Africa:

1. Egypt (12th worldwide)

2. Cameroon (19th worldwide)

3. Nigeria ( 21st worldwide)

4. Ivory Coast (27th worldwide)

5. Algeria (30th worldwide)

6. Ghana (32nd worldwide)

7. Gabon (42nd worldwide)

8. Burkina Faso (48th worldwide)

9. Mali (54th worldwide)

10. Tunisia (55th worldwide)

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see also
Champions Egypt into Fifa top 10
03 Feb 10 |  African
Guide to the teams at South Africa 2010
05 Dec 09 |  World Cup 2010
World Cup venues
05 Dec 09 |  World Cup 2010

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