Malaysia's FIFA ranking drops further

Malaysia's FIFA ranking drops further
Members of Malaysia soccer team undergoing training at Bishan Stadium on 27 November 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's ranking in world football is fast sinking - into the abyss.

Malaysia are now languishing with the minnows in 168th spot out of 209 countries - a drop of six positions from the previous ranking.

This is according to the latest ranking released by the International Football Federation (FIFA) on Thursday.

In Asia, Malaysia are ranked just above countries like Bangladesh (No. 169), Yemen (No. 171), Pakistan (No. 172), Laos (No. 177), Cambodia (No. 181) and Brunei (No. 184).

A humiliating 6-0 loss to war-torn Palestine and a 1-1 draw with Timor Leste in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers led to Dollah Salleh's team sliding into ignominy.

Iran lead the Asian countries at No. 39, followed by Japan (No. 50), South Korea (No. 52) and Australia (No. 59).

Argentina top the rankings for the first time in seven years.

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