Singapore fall to all-time low in FIFA rankings

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The Lions dropped 16 spots in the FIFA world rankings and now rank even below AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier Cambodia… 

Singapore recorded its worst-ever world ranking after dropping 16 spots to sit in 171 in FIFA’s latest release of the world rankings. 

Previously, Singapore's all-time low ranking came in June 2013, when the Republic was placed at 165.

The Lions’ failure to beat Malaysia as well as a 2-0 defeat to Hong Kong clearly cost them in October.

This will heap the pressure on Singapore interim head coach V.Sundramoorthy, who has only one win in six games since he took over the Republic’s national team.

Cambodia’s rise to 167 will add more gloom to the situation, with the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifying participants able to climb six spots and reach 167th.

The Cambodians are primed to join Group B rivals Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam, after winning two games and topping the qualifying round as at time of publishing.

Causeway rivals Malaysia also suffered a drop in the rankings, although they only fell six spots behind to sit on 164.

Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, regional powerhouses Thailand dropped down the rungs too, with four losses in the World Cup qualifiers not helping their cause. The War Elephants dropped 11 spots and are currently ranked 146.

Suzuki Cup co-hosts Philippines maintained their respectable position, as they climbed one spot to go to 124.

The tournament’s dark horses, Vietnam, are not far behind in 136, after pulling off impressive results during the recent international break, especially with a 5-2 win of North Korea.

Co-hosts Myanmar on the other hand fell behind by three spots to take the 156th position.

Since their return from international exile, Indonesia maintained their climb to take 179, an improvement of two placing from the last rankings.

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