Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone was among the stars as Wigan stunned Manchester City 1-0 at the weekend to lift the FA Cup trophy for the first time.
The African star with the blond dyed hair troubled City throughout with his running and now turns his attention to keeping the cup winners in the Premier League.
Unfashionable Wigan visit Arsenal on Tuesday and host Aston Villa on Sunday, needing to win both ganes to be sure of avoiding relegation.
Arouna Kone helped Wigan Athletic to a historic English FA Cup triumph on Saturday after they edged compatriot Yaya Toure's Manchester City 1:0 in the final.
Wigan's determination to lift the crown for the first time in their history was helped by the sending off of Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta in the 84th minute.
Kone and Yaya played every moment of the thrilling game which was decided in the 91st minute when substitute Ben Watson headed home from a corner kick.
Toure came close to scoring early on, but his shot was turned away by Spain's U-21 star Joel Robles who was in goal for Wigan.
South Africa have moved up six places in the Fifa world rankings to break into the top 10 of African teams.
Bafana Bafana are the ninth best team in their zone and the 56th best team in the world according to world football's governing body.
Top three teams Cote d'voire, Ghana and Mali had no changes, while African champions Nigeria crept up the list, reaching 28th place overall, but the improvement does not lift them from fourth place among the teams from their continent.
Equatorial Guinea, the Africa Cup of Nations runners-up, slip to 10th in Africa, while Cameroon are the side to slip out of the top 10.
Lille threw away a massive three-goal advantage to draw 3:3 against visitors Sochaux in the French Ligue 1 on Friday night.
Cote d'Ivoire striker Salomon Kalou netted twice in the opening half to give Lille a 2:0 lead at the break and Montenegro defender Marko Basa made it 3:0 in the 48th minute.
A late rally however saw Sochaux score three goals in eight minutes to snatch a point.
Veteran Mali defender Cedric Kante started the fight-back with a goal on 79 minutes before French midfielder Vincent Nogueira bagged two quick goals in the 83rd and 87th minutes to ensure the draw.
Record four-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o scored for Russian big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala at the weekend on his return from a knee injury.
However, the Cameroonian star could not prevent Dynamo Moscow fighting back to force a 3-3 draw and leave Anzhi third in the table, 10 points behind leaders CSKA Moscow with five rounds left.
Benin midfielder Stephane Sessegnon was on target for the second consecutive week, with his late first-half goal giving lowly Sunderland a 1-0 home victory over Everton.