Among the other south Asian countries, Bhutan remained 185th without playing any game while Sri Lanka (202nd) and Pakistan (203rd) are the only countries in the region placed behind Bangladesh
The 1-0 defeat against Afghanistan in the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup joint qualifier appeared a little bit costly for Bangladesh as the men in red and green slipped down five spots to 187th in the latest Fifa ranking released Thursday.
Despite losing to Asian champion Qatar 6-0 in their previous game, Afghanistan’s win over Bangladesh improved their ranking by three places to 146th, while India moved one spot down to 104th, despite holding Qatar to a draw away and losing to Oman at home.
Nepal’s 2-0 win over Chinese Taipei at home overshadowed their 7-0 defeat to Kuwait away as they jumped five places up to 161st.
Maldives beat Guam 1-0 but lost 5-0 to China and moved down one spot to 153rd.
The BFF has named a 26-man squad for their next two 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup joint-qualification ties against Qatar and India next month as Pappu Ahmed and Towhidul Alam Sabuj are the two new faces who were not included in the previous squad.https://t.co/fMUTxTcyz9#BFF— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) September 17, 2019
Among the other south Asian countries, Bhutan remained 185th without playing any game while Sri Lanka (202nd) and Pakistan (203rd) are the only countries in the region placed behind Bangladesh.
Bangladesh will have tougher fixtures against much higher-ranked Qatar and India in the upcoming Asian qualifiers on October 10 and 15 respectively, and the Bengal Tigers are likely to slip down further in the next Fifa ranking, scheduled to be released on October 24.
Playing international friendly matches against similar or lower-ranked countries and getting some points from those is Bangladesh’s only realistic option to minimize further fall.