MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals dropped one place in the recent FIFA men’s world rankings.
The Azkals, who reclaimed the 143rd spot after a successful run in the Challenge Cup qualifiers last March, are now ranked 144th alongside Kazakhstan.
The Philippines is trailing Kyrgyzstan at No. 143 and fellow Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand at No. 142.
Turkmenistan, which suffered a 0-1 loss to the Azkals in the Challenge Cup qualifiers, is ranked 133rd.
Last March, the Azkals defeated Cambodia and Turkmenistan in the tournament qualifiers to emerge as the top team in Group E.
The feat earned the team a spot in the 2014 Challenge Cup main draw in Maldives.