Azkals drop six spots in latest FIFA World Rankings

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 21, 2017 05:26 PM
Azkals drop six spots in latest FIFA World Rankings
Phil Younghusband and the Philippine Azkals take a six-spot slide to 124th in the world in the latest FIFA World Football Rankings. (FILE PHOTO)

The Philippine national men's football team took quite a stumble in the latest FIFA World Football Rankings, falling to 124th in the world to close out 2017.

After reaching their second-highest ranking at 116th in October, the Azkals had only one match scheduled for November, facing Nepal in an Asian Cup Qualifier. 

A win would have secured the Azkals' entry to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup tournament, but instead, the Pinoy side was held to a scoreless draw. 

Now, the Azkals face a must-win situation against Tajikistan in March. 

The less-than-stellar result coupled with inactivity factored in as the Azkals dropped to 118th in November. 

Early December, the Azkals, composed of a number of up-and-coming collegiate talents, participated in an international tournament hosted by the Chinese-Taipei Football Association. 

In the tournament, the Azkals went 1-2, with losses to Chinese-Taipei and Timor Leste. 

Vietnam, who jumps to 112th in the world, overtakes the Philippines as the best football nation in Southeast Asia. 

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