The Indian football team reaped a rich harvest of a win and a draw against Nepal last month in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers Round One as it made a huge jump of 26 places to occupy the 147th spot in the latest FIFA rankings issued on Thursday.
Star striker Sunil Chhetri struck twice in the second half as India notched up a 2-0 win over Nepal in a dominating display in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying round one here on Thursday.
Singapore`s embattled coach Bernd Stange was adamant his side had all the ingredients to win another Suzuki Cup title as authorities ramped up efforts to keep the long standing threat of match-fixing at bay.
The FIFA rankings continued to make dismal reading for Asia with only two teams, Iran and Japan, in the top 50 of September`s list which was published on Thursday. Iran, Asia`s top-ranked team were a modest 44th, while Japan were four places below them. They were followed by Uzbekistan in 58th and South Korea a further five places adrift.
After not much action barring the 2-2 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the lastest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany.