| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI Darussalam remained non-movers in the FIFA world rankings in 188th place following the release of this positions recently.
The Asean Football Federation (AFF) member association, who accumulated 62 points, is currently ranked higher than the likes of Bangladesh, Djibouti and Samoa as well as European minnows Malta, Liechtenstein.
Philippines remained as the best ranked nation in Southeast Asia place though they dropped a spot, down to 127th.
Thailand climbed up one rung as they edged closer to their Southeast Asian foes by narrowing the gap to just six points with 243 in 130th place.
Vietnam also slipped a place to 134th while Myanmar remained unchanged in 157th place.
Malaysia extended their position from Singapore to five places after jumping one spot to 166th coupled with the latter dropping two places to 171st, which are the Lions’ worst-ever position.
Singapore’s hopes of qualifying to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup received a major dent after losing to Chinese Taipei 2-1 in June.
The Lions will be playing a friendly against Hong Kong on August 31 before resuming their Asian Cup qualifying commitments against Turkmenistan on September 5.
Indonesia are the other Southeast Asia’s non-mover in 175th place as they look to work their way up from a FIFA ban.
Cambodia, who delivered promise in the Asian Football Federation (AFF) qualifying campaign, last year, dropped three places to 176th.
Defending AFC Asian Cup winners Australia are by far the best ranked AFF nation in 45th place while Timor Leste remained the worst ranked AFF member association in 196th place.