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.