Malaysia slump to new low in latest FIFA rankings
Harimau Malaya suffered a record-breaking 10-0 loss to United Arab Emirates in a World Cup qualifier last month, a factor in Malaysia slipping two spots to No.171 in the rankings.
The result could have been even worse except for the fact FIFA have currently listed Malaysia’s other World Cup qualifier for the month, against Saudi Arabia on September 8, as a 0-0 draw.
The Saudis were winning that match 2-1 before it was abandoned shortly before fulltime due to flares and fireworks being let off by the crowd.
The 171st placing is lower than the ranking of No.170 Malaysia fell to back in April, 2008.
The Tigers face a friendly against Laos and another World Cup qualifier against Timor-Leste in October.
Elsewhere, Thailand fell a hefty eight places in the list down to No.145, a surprising fall considering their recent results.
The War Elephants overcame Afghanistan 2-0 and recorded a comeback 2-2 draw with Iraq, but still slumped to their worst ranking in almost two years.
Singapore suffered a competitive 1-0 loss away to Syria in their only match for September and that had no impact on their rankings, remaining steady at No.157.
Despite being currently banned by FIFA, Indonesia fell six slots to be level on points with Malaysia at No.171.
In terms of Asia’s overall mark, Iran continues to set the pace, rising one spot to No.39, 14 places above South Korea.
Japan (No.55) and Australia (No.58) also improved, while UAE failed to benefit from that mauling of Malaysia, staying constant at No.70. They also had a 0-0 away result against Palestine in October.