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Fifa: India surge 24 places ahead

Fifa: India surge 24 places ahead
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Despite an unimpressive performance in Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup qualifiers, India jumped 24 places and are ranked 143 in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday.

India, winners of AFC Challenge Cup in 2008, have not yet qualified for the Challenge Cup and are now relying on help from other teams in the remaining group matches. They may qualify if they manage to feature among the two best second-placed team from four groups.

However, India are still ranked two places behind neighbours Afghanistan, who have been the most impressive team in the FIFA rankings. Afghanistan have climbed 48 places to 141st on the back of victories over Sri Lanka (173rd, up 20) and Mongolia (178th, up 3) as well as a draw against Laos (168th, up 5).

 Meanwhile, the latest edition of the FIFA World Ranking reveals very few changes in the upper ranks, with Spain continuing to hold a comfortable lead at the top over Germany and Argentina.

Ivory Coast remain Africa’s top-ranked team. Japan rose two spots to No. 26 and are the Asian leaders.
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