Following their recent loss to Yemen, the Philippine Azkals dropped from 137 to 139 in the latest FIFA rankings.
The team’s regional rank¬ings in the ASEAN Football Federation also dropped two notches, from No.1 to No.3 in Southeast Asia. Australia and Thailand now occupy the first and second places, respectively.
The Azkals remain No.19 in the whole of Asia.
After playing six matches in the second round of the joint 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers, the Azkals failed to qualify for the next round of eliminations for the world championship following their 0-1 loss to Yemen last November 12.
However, the Philippine national football team still has a chance to enter the third round of qualifiers for the 2019 Asian Cup that will be held in the United Arab Emirates.
“Our goal is still there, which is to play for the Asian Cup. We [still]have time to reflect on what needs to be done,” said team manager Dan Palami.
With just two games left in the tournament on March of next year, the Azkals are occupying the third spot in Group H with two wins, a draw and three losses.
Jaelle Nevin Reyes