The Philippine national football team moved four notches up in the latest International Football Federation (FIFA) world rankings despite being idle since its last outing in November.
After a dismal ending last year following their exit in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Russia, the Azkals opened the year on a high note by reaching 135th in the world, better than their previous ranking of 139th.
The team also moved two spots in the continental rankings.
From 22nd in Asia in December, the Azkals are now in the 20th position in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) but still at second place in the Southeast Asian region behind Thailand.
In July last year, the Azkals achieved their highest ranking ever at 124th.
The Filipino booters last saw action in November when they lost 0-1 to Yemen in a home game in Manila in the joint 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup.
The Azkals will continue their foray in the Asian leg of the qualifiers with the final two games scheduled on March 24 against Uzbekistan in Tashkent, and on March 29 against North Korea in Manila.