India in top-100

06 May, 2017, 02:51 | Author: Felix Jensen

The five-time world champions, who last month became the first team to qualify for next year's World Cup, stretched the gap between first and second to 69 points, up from 58 points in April.

When Stephen Constantine took charge of the national team for the second time two years ago, one of his primary objectives was to help India break into the top 100 of Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings.

Historic wins including a 1-0 victory over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers - the first ever win in Myanmar in over 64 years, and first ever win in an away encounter in over a decade when they defeated Cambodia 3-2 in an International Friendly have propelled the national team to the rise in the ranking table.

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Head coach Stephen Constantine warned his team against complacency. India, meanwhile, retained 11th spot in AFC."As long as we keep heading up the ladder, I am happy". It points out that we are heading in the right direction. "It's pleasing that we are presently ranked 100".

The genesis of introducing sports in schools goes back to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Mann ki Baat radio programme broadcast in March 2016 where he had called for promotion of football in the country in the run-up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup.The sports department then initiated steps to popularise football in the country. 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. The city has also hosted Brazilian great Pele, who last visited in 2015.

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