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Azkals rise 1 spot in FIFA rankings

The Azkals climbed up the FIFA rankings after welcoming Michael Weiss back. RM Chua/PFF (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The Philippine Azkals are on the right track to a resurgence under returning coach Michael Weiss.

The national men's football team jumped one spot in the latest FIFA rankings as released on Thursday.

The Azkals are now ranked 135th in the world despite losing two points in the total accumulated at the close of the June international window.

Rwanda dropped big to 139th overall, paving the way for the Azkals, St. Kitts and Nevis, Malaysia, and Turkmenistan to rise.

The Azkals, meanwhile, remained 23rd in Asia, which means they remain on a good track of getting a first round bye in the upcoming joint FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

They are also still number three in Southeast Asia.

The next FIFA ranking update is on July 20, exactly a week before the group draw for the WCQ.

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