Indian football team leaps to rank 101
Indian men’s national football team has shown exemplary performances owing to which their ranking has climbed to 101st position from its last month’s rank where it stood at 132nd position.
The increase in ranking can be attributed to India’s performance during the last two years during which it registered 11 wins out of 13 matches scoring a total number of 31 goals. These victories encompass few remarkable wins which include a victory over Myanmar, clearing 64 year-draught in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. The other in the list is the first ever win away from Asia in last decade where India beat Cambodia in a friendly match.
India’s position is its best in last two decades with only one instance in past when team equalled this position in May 1996. However India’s best rank ever is 94 which it achieved in February 1996.
Stephen Constantine, Indian coach, has to say that the journey has not been an easy one. His plan has always been to infuse fresh talent in the team and keep up the competition among the players for the places, which has worked quite well according to him. He also adds that authorities have been very helpful by letting him work in the manner he wanted to, thus, giving a chunk of credit to the officials as well.
Before Stephen Constantine took charge of the team as a coach in February 2015, India ranked 171 in the FIFA rankings but after Mr. Constantine took over the reins of the team, the ranking has only improved.
AIFF general secretary Mr. Das adds that their committee has been trying their best and will continue to make attempts in this direction by providing players with opportunities to gain exposure by arranging international friendlies and camps which will improve the quality and character of Indian Football side.