India have won the Nehru Cup last month but still find themselves behind Maldives (160) and Nepal (165) who also participated in the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) invitational tournament. Syria too have gone down in the ranking by a spot to be placed at 150.
The matches against Cameroon at the Nehru Cup weren’t considered for the FIFA rankings given that the African nation had sent in a team comprising of players plying their trade in the local league only.
Interestingly Afghanistan, who were the runners-up in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship last December, are ranked above India at the 166th spot.
India’s opponents in the upcoming international friendly on the 16th of this month, Singapore are six places above India at 162.
Japan are the highest Asian ranked nation at 23rd spot followed South Korea at 25 and Australia at 34.
It is not pleasant at all that I had to approach the court but there was no option left for me. I am glad that I have been proved right and it has lifted my morale ahead for the Asian Games.
Manoj Kumar, Indian boxer