Malaysia move up two spots in FIFA world ranking list

Chelsea's Bertrand Traore (left) vies for the ball with with Malaysia's Asraruddin Putra Omar (second left) and S. Kunanlan (second right) in front of Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku (right) during their friendly football match in Shah Alam, on July 21, 2013. — AFP pic
Chelsea's Bertrand Traore (left) vies for the ball with with Malaysia's Asraruddin Putra Omar (second left) and S. Kunanlan (second right) in front of Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku (right) during their friendly football match in Shah Alam, on July 21, 2013. — AFP pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — Despite the 0-1 loss to Qatar in the 2015 Asia Cup Qualifier, Malaysia’s ranking on the FIFA list rose two spots in the latest list released by the world governing body for football.

Malaysia’s current ranking moved upwards from 160 last month to 158, the same position registered in January this year.

In January, Malaysia was ranked 158, but dropped to 159 in February, 164 (March), 163 (April), 161 (May) 159 (June), July & Aug (162), 161 September.

The latest position was however, lower than minnows in world football like Guyana (150), Liechtenstein (152), Bangladesh (156) and Belize (157).

In South East Asia, Malaysia moved up one spot to fifth behind the Philippines (133), Myanmar (140), Thailand (142) and Singapore (154) while in Asia, Malaysia remained in 31st spot from 46 countries.

World champion Spain remained in top spot with 1,507 points despite suffering a shocking 0-1 defeat to South Africa during an international friendly recently.

Germany and Argentina also maintained second and third spots among the 209 countries on the list with 1,318 and 1,251 points respectively. — Bernama

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