India ascends to 100th spot in FIFA rankings in 21 years

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By PTI | Published: 04th May 2017 04:24 PM

Indian Football cooperative people Sunil Chhetri and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu with mentor Stephen Constantine. | PTI File Photo
Indian Football cooperative people Sunil Chhetri and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu with mentor Stephen Constantine. | PTI File Photo

NEW DELHI: The Indian football group has bounced up a place to be positioned 100th interestingly in more than two decades in the most recent FIFA rankings discharged today.

Without precedent for a long time and just the 6th time after Independence, the national football group has found a place in main 100 of FIFA rankings.

This is India’s best-ever FIFA positioning since April 1996 when they were additionally positioned 100. India’s most elevated FIFA Ranking till date has been 94, accomplished in February 1996.

India, in the interim, held eleventh spot in AFC.

“For whatever length of time that we keep heading up the stepping stool, I am glad. It brings up that we are heading in the correct course. There are major matches ahead and we can’t mess with things. There’s no place for lack of concern,” said national mentor Stephen Constantine.

All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das stated: “It’s satisfying that we are directly positioned 100. In the meantime, we have to remain mindful of the test close by. The AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019 are a basic analysis for us.

“AIFF has been giving the national group the best of introduction and offices and we anticipate that the group will keep doing awesome.”

Notable wins including a 1-0 triumph over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers – the principal ever win in Myanmar in more than 64 years, and first since forever win in an away experience in over 10 years when they vanquished Cambodia 3-2 in an International Friendly have pushed the national group to the ascent in the positioning table.

One more triumph against a universal side – 4-1 prevail upon South American adversary Puerto Rico – added another plume to India’s top.