Malaysian coach Dollah Salleh has admitted that he is unhappy with his side’s current FIFA ranking.
The Harimau Malaya occupy the 164th spot after Thursday’s release, having fallen 11 spots since March. As result, the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup champions will be placed in the fifth pot for the second round of Asia’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
“Honestly I don’t understand about FIFA’s ranking calculates ,” Salleh told Utusan. “Our drop in positions is unreasonable because it [doesn’t represent] our real achievements.
“I hope the fans will not make an early judgement about our latest ranking because I’m confident we can improve it later.”
This Pot 5 placement will force Malaysia to face several strong teams from other pots, adding an immediate roadblock to their hopes of World Cup qualification. However, the Malacca-born tactician took it positively.
“I know this position will take us into the last pot in the qualifiers,” Salleh continued. “Whatever [our seed] is, our team will do our best and we’ll also will be looking for luck in the draw.”