Singapore fall to all-time low in FIFA rankings


Singapore have plummeted 16 spots in the latest FIFA world rankings and now sit below AFF Suzuki Cup hopeful and Southeast Asian minnow Cambodia… 

Singapore are now sitting at a worst-ever mark of No.171, six places below the previous low point of No.165, which came in June 2013.

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

The news will heap further 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 No.167 will add more gloom to the situation, with the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifying participants able to climb six spots.

The Cambodians are primed to join Group B rivals Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam in the main draw after winning their opening two games to currently top the four-team qualifying round.

Causeway rivals Malaysia also suffered a drop in the rankings, although they only fell six spots behind to sit on No.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 No.146.

Suzuki Cup co-hosts Philippines maintained their respectable position, as they climbed one spot to go to No.124 to remain Southeast Asia's highest ranked team.

The tournament’s dark horses, Vietnam, are not far behind in No.136, after pulling off impressive results during the recent international break, especially a 5-2 friendly win over 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 have risen two spots to No.179.

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