Fresh from their Africa Cup of Nations triumph, Zambia are now among the top 50 countries in world football, while Bafana Bafana drop again.
World soccer’s controlling body Fifa confirmed on Wednesday that Chipolopolo are now ranked 43rd in the world – an improvement of 28 positions, following the release of the latest rankings, but for their neighbours South Africa the downward spiral continues.
Bafana Bafana have dropped two places from 56 last month to 58 this month.
Côte d’Ivoire, who lost to Zambia in the Afcon Final, remain Africa’s highest-positioned team, while Zambia are now fourth on the African continent.
The top 10 teams in Africa are; Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Algeria, Zambia, Mali, Gabon, Libya, Nigeria, Tunisia and South Africa.
Spain remain the top ranked side in world football, followed by the Netherlands and Uruguay in second and third respectively.
The results of 51 international matches were taken into account in compiling the current edition of the Fifa rankings, of which 32 took place at the Africa Cup of Nations and 19 were international friendlies.
The next Fifa rankings will be issued on March 7, 2012, one week earlier than originally planned.