The Malta national team moved up six places in the latest FIFA rankings following his bright showing in this month’s FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
In the latest list published by FIFA, the national team rose to 171st in the world on 963.16 points
Malta’s rise in the rankings owes much to their sparkling showing in the 3-0 win over Cyprus at the National Stadium on September 1.
Two goals from Cain Attard and another from Joseph Mbong earned Devis Mangia’s team their first win in the 2022 World Cuq qualifying campaign as well as the country’s first ever success on home soil in these qualifiers.
After that victory over Cyprus, the national team continued to show progress with gallant performances that saw the team suffered a 1-0 defeat in Slovenia and then lost to Russia 2-0 in Moscow.
The national team are currently above other European nations such as Moldova, who are ranked 180th, and Liechtenstein 188th, Gibraltar 197th and San Marino who are bottom of the list in 210st.
Malta will have the chance to pick up more valuable points next month when they host Slovenia on October 8 and then travel to Cyprus on October 11.