Indian football team attain highest FIFA ranking in 21 years

Posted May 06, 2017

As per the updated rankings, the Stephen Constantine-coached side has climbed a rung and is now placed at the 100th spot along with Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia.

To popularise and promote football in UP in the run-up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India this October, a seminar, Mission XI Million, was organised at the office of the secondary education department on Wednesday afternoon.

Historic wins including a 1-0 victory over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers - the first ever win in Myanmar in over 64 years, and first ever win in an away encounter in over a decade when they defeated Cambodia 3-2 in an International Friendly have propelled the national team to the rise in the ranking table. There are major matches ahead and we can not take things lightly.

Football Kenya Federation has already hinted at plans to have other friendly matches in May ahead of Kenya's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone slated for June 9.

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The Indian team had also recorded their first ever win in an away encounter in over a decade when they defeated Cambodia 3-2 in an worldwide friendly.

One more victory against an worldwide side - 4-1 win over South American opponent Puerto Rico - added another feather to India's cap. "But we need to improve in our minds and believe that we can keep on winning football matches", Das added.

The first 20 places remained unchanged from the previous month as Germany, Chile and Colombia rounded out the top five.

Bafana were also unmoved in Africa as they sit 12th between Algeria and Mali, with Egypt retaining their place as the top team on the continent. The South Americans had surged to the top spot for the first time in seven years last month at the expense of great rivals Argentina.