The Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana enjoyed diverse fortunes during the recent World Cup qualifiers, but both continental heavyweights dropped during the latest update to the world rankings.
Cape Town - Shocking back-to-back 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifying defeats to Cape Verde has seen South Africa drop to 80th place in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings.
Stars' downward trend came as a result of a one-all draw against lowly ranked Mozambique and Mauritania in the recent worldwide break.
Wales have leapfrogged England after the worldwide break, moving up five places into 13th while Gareth Southgate's side have dropped by two spots to 15th. Wales climb back up to 13th place.
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The Eagles top Group B with 10 points, three points ahead of second-placed Zambia.
The DRC were hard hit by their World Cup qualifying defeat away in Tunisia and their home draw against the Eagles of Carthage as they drop 14 places overall.
Elsewhere, Germany have moved ahead of Brazil into top spot while Portugal have risen to third place ahead of Argentina.
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).