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India drop one spot to 169 in the FIFA Rankings

Amoy Ghoshal
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2.29K   //    07 Nov 2012, 15:11 IST

DOHA, QATAR – JANUARY 10: Sunil Chhetri of India gets the ball away from Mile Jedinak of Australia during the AFC Asian Cup Group C match between India and Australia at Al-Sadd Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Doha, Qatar.

The India national football team has dropped one place to 169 in the FIFA Rankings after the latest release on Wednesday. India lost to Singapore 0-2 in an away international friendly in October and thus failed to earn any points.

India however remain 31st in Asia but have equalled their worst ever ranking as they were 169th in September also.

Maldives are the highest ranked South Asian nation at 160 while Afghanistan are 167th. India are actually joint 169th with Nepal.

Wim Koevermans’ side will be up against Yemen in a home friendly in Guwahati on November 14. Yemen have dropped five spots but are still higher ranked than India at 162 and are 26th in the continent.

This is Yemen’s lowest-ever placing in the FIFA Rankings with their previous worst ranking being 160 back in 2000.

India would be hopeful of a win on home soil against Yemen but even a victory is unlikely to see a significant increase in their ranking, which will next be released on December 19.

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Amoy Ghoshal
FEATURED COLUMNIST
A passionate football follower, Amoy Ghoshal has been covering Indian football for almost six years now having worked at Goal.com and Hindustan Times previously..
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