PH Azkals rise to 113 in FIFA world rankings

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - The Philippine Azkals have risen to 113 in the world in the latest FIFA men's rankings released Thursday.

The Azkals jump up nine places in the rankings, leapfrogging Jordan, Tajikistan, and Malawi in the process.

According to FIFA, the Philippines' victories against Tajikistan and Fiji were considered in their new world rank.

The Azkals beat Fiji in a friendly, 3-2, on March 22 in preparation for their crunch AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Tajikistan.

Just five days after, the Philippines' registered a come-from-behind victory against the Tajiks, 2-1, to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

As of writing there are no scheduled games yet for the national team in preparation for the Asian Cup, which opens in January.