Mashaba impressed with progress

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba believes that South Africa’s improvement in the world rankings is just the beginning.

The rise up the standings was purely based on the successful 2015 CAF Afcon Qualifiers campaign where the national side wrapped up their route to Equatorial Guinea without a defeat.

Mashaba’s men have moved from 57 to 51 in the world and occupy position 11 on the Africa continent and Mashaba says he believes there’s still a long way to.

“I am very impressed by this progress, but I believe we still have a long way to go. Gradually we will get to where we want to take this team to,” said Mashaba.

“There is a lot of talent and will; and those two are catalysts for sustainable success.”

According to the statement from SAFA, a total of 150 new ‘A’ international matches have been taken into account for the November edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, with 817 matches being evaluated in 2014.

Among those matches, 61 were part of the continental qualifiers in Europe, Africa and the CONCACAF region, with the other 89 being friendly matches.

During the qualifying campaign, Bafana racked up 12 points in six matches and denied the Nigerians an opportunity to partake in next year’s showpiece following their 2-2 draw.

Following the squad announcement by Mashaba on Tuesday, Bafana are currently in camp for the upcoming Nelson Mandela Challenge against Ivory Coast at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.