Bafana Bafana have moved up two places in the latest FIFA world rankings, released on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the top 10 remain as is with Argentina leading the pack followed by Belgium, Germany, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Portugal, France, Uruguay and Wales rounding out the top 10.
South Africa climbs two spots to 62ndin the world but remain 13rd in Africa Ivory Coast (34th) became the highest ranked team in Africa, jumping above Algeria (35th), while Senegal (39th) and Tunisia (42nd) jumped up to third and fourth respectively. Ghana (43rd) dropped to fifth spot.
World top 10: Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Portugal, France, Uruguay, Wales.
Africa top 10: Ivory Coast, Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Ghana, DR Congo, Egypt, Congo, Mali and Morocco.
Bafana Bafana are shifting focus and are gearing up for perhaps their toughest mission over the next few months – the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
South Africa has been drawn in Group D alongside Burkina Faso, Senegal and Cape Verde, with only one team due to qualify for Russia 2018.
Bafana Bafana will start their campaign with a tricky visit to Burkina Faso on Saturday, 8 October this year.
The clash has been set down for Stade Du 4 Aout in Ouagadougou and will kick off at 18h00 local time (20h00 SA Time).
This will be followed by a home match against Senegal that will take place on Saturday, 12 November at 15h00 at a venue to be announced shortly.
There will then be a seven-month break from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, with World Cup qualification action resuming in August 2017 when South Africa faces Cape Verde in back to back clashes.
The first match will be away on the weekend of 1/2 August 2017 in Cape Verde, before Bafana Bafana welcome them in South Africa on Tuesday, 5 September at 19h00. The venue will also be announced shortly.
The Senior Men’s National Team will then host Burkina Faso on Saturday, 7 October 2017 before rounding off the qualifiers with an away match to Senegal on the weekend of 10/12 November 2017.
By Matthews Moraba