January 16, 2008 22:40 PM
Malaysia's World Ranking Slides To Worst Ever
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 (Bernama) -- The latest FIFA World rankings saw Malaysian football hitting an all-time low, slipping from 159th to 164th, one rank below minnows Pakistan.
The list, released by the World governing body for football on its website today, saw Malaysia dwindling five notches, and placed alongside Mauritius and Dominican Republic.
Even war-torn Palestine was at 162nd and Seychelles at 161st, fared better than Malaysia, while Tahiti and Sierra Leone replaced Malaysia in the 159th position.
The slide was attributed to Malaysia's poor international performance, especially in the Asian Cup and in the Korat SEA Games last year.
In the Asian Cup, the Malaysian team did not make it past the Group stage and failed to make the cut for the semi-final stage in Korat.
After rising to as high as 79th position in 1993, it has been downhill throughout since then.
The current 164th spot is Malaysia's worst standing in 15 years. Only 37 countries are lagging behind in the FIFA ranking comprising 201 countries.
Malaysia's position in the Asia continental ranking also dropped from 27th to 35th position among 46 countries on the list.
Malaysia, who reigned supreme in Asia during the 70s and 80s, are well behind Thailand (14), Vietnam (17), Singapore (19), Indonesia (22) and Myanmar (29).
At the top, Argentina led a list of 10 football powerhouses whose positions remained unchanged, with five times world champion Brazil and defending world cup champion Italy in second and third places, respectively.
Japan, at 34th spot, are the highest-placed Asian country on the list, dominated by European countries who take up 28 places in the top 50.
African countries have a strong presence, with 10 places among top 50, while South America has (6), Asia (4) North, Central America and the Caribbeans with (2) positions each.
For the full ranking (updated every month), visit here.
Now, what post is the SIL holding again?
Maybe we still need to apply the 30% NEP to this ranking for us to climb up...erhmmm...position 60? You need 'protection to make change', don't you?