Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

India break into top 100 in FIFA rankings (Intro Roundup)

To popularise and promote football in UP in the run-up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India this October, a seminar, Mission XI Million, was organised at the office of the secondary education department on Wednesday afternoon.

Bafana were also unmoved in Africa as they sit 12th between Algeria and Mali, with Egypt retaining their place as the top team on the continent. There are major matches ahead and we can not take things lightly.

Project director, local organising committee, FIFA U-17 WC India 2017, Joy Bhattacharya, said principals and teachers of government schools were asked to include football in sporting activities to help students fall in love with a sport that's all about discipline and team spirit.

Malawi, thanks to a 0-1 loss at the hands of lower ranked Madagascar, lost 49 points, and dropped 13 places down the rankings charts; hence, they dropped from 100th to 113th.

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India's meteoric rise in the rankings has been due to triumphs over Cambodia and Myanmar, both away wins. All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das said: "It's pleasing that we are presently ranked 100".

World Cup victor Germany is third.

India will play Kyrgyzstan in an Asian Cup qualifier on June 13. Maradona-who was given a hero's welcome when he first visited the eastern Indian city in 2008 - will also be presented with a lifetime achievement award in West Bengal state. "Kolkata is a very special place and I have good memories from my trip there many years ago, the fans were fantastic", Maradona posted on his Facebook page. Football is hugely popular in Kolkata, with fans closely following global matches, despite India's dominant obsession with cricket.

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