THE Philippine men’s football team has climbed to its best-ever world ranking thanks to an impressive performance at the start of its Fifa World Cup Qualifiers campaign last month.
The Azkals have moved 13 places up to 124th in the latest rankings of the world football body that were released on Thursday.
The rise is largely credited to their two victories in the qualifiers, a 2-1 win over higher-ranked Bahrain last June 11 at the Philippine Stadium in Bulacan, and a shutout of Yemen, 2-0, five days later in Qatar.
The Filipino booters, who eclipsed their previous best of 127th, remained the best Southeast Asian team team on paper, followed by Thailand (140th) and Vietnam (143rd).
The rejigged Azkals continue their World Cup Qualifiers stint on September 8 when they host Uzbekistan at the Philippine Stadium.