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The ranking of the Afghan National Football Team in FIFA was 139 before Afghanistan win it’s first international football trophy. The latest ranking of the Afghan National Football Team was displayed in FIFA website.  In the meantime, Afghanistan National Football Team rises another 2 places to 19th in Asia. Before, Afghanistan was placed at 21st in the Asia football ranking.  Afghanistan has currently secured the first position in South Asia, while the ranking of the Indian football team climbs to 155 from it’s previous rank which was 145.  The Asian Football Federation AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has also hailed the historic victory of Afghanistan’s national team in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in Kathmandu.  “I would like to congratulate the Afghan football family and the fans for this tremendous achievement. I feel this victory will prove to be an inspiration to millions of Afghans around the world,” Shaikh Salman said.”  He also said that Afghanistan should now be considered serious title contenders for the AFC Challenge Cup to be played in Maldives next year. The winners of this competition will get an automatic spot in the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.  “Afghanistan’s success in South Asia has also served a caution to 2014 AFC Challenge Cup title aspirants. They have showed their mettle at the regional level and I think they would be one of the favourites in Maldives.  “Afghanistan have shown remarkable progress over the years. They have improved a lot and I am sure they will get better in the years to come,” he added.
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