South Africa stands still in May Fifa rankings

The Indian men's football team yesterday climbed to the 100th spot in the latest FIFA world rankings-their best rating in more than two decades.

India last found themselves in the top 100 way back in 1996 and the 94th rank that India achieved in February 1996 is their highest ranking till date.

India had made a big jump in last month's rankings to rise to the 101st spot due to triumphs over Cambodia and Myanmar in March, both away wins.

The Indian football team.

Head coach Stephen Constantine warned his team against complacency.

"As long as we keep heading up the ladder I am happy". It points out that we are heading in the right direction.


India will play Kyrgyzstan in an Asian Cup qualifier on June 13.

Bafana were also unmoved in Africa as they sit 12th between Algeria and Mali, with Egypt retaining their place as the top team on the continent.

All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das said rankings are at times a "mathematical game" and the team needs to improve in their minds and keep on winning games.

Director, UP secondary education, Aman Nath Verma, said it was for the first time that the prestigious event was being organised in India and asked the principals to encourage students to play football.

Brazil remain top of the latest the world rankings which remain largely unchanged after a month of inactivity on the global scene.

Chile and Colombia complete the top five, ahead of France, Belgium and 2016 UEFA European Championship winners Portugal.

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