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Pakistan Jump 19 Places In Football Rankings

It seems strange to describe Pakistan, the world’s sixth-most populous nation, as a minnow on planet football. Yet their failure to make a single appearance at either the FIFA World Cup or the AFC Asian Cup make that description inarguable. However, progress is being made and, boosted by their impressive showings during the recent friendlies, the Green Shirts have fixed their sights on a return to the AFC Challenge Cup ahead of the qualifiers in Kyrgyzstan later this month. Pakistan began their build-up for this qualifying campaign in early March with a pair of warm-up matches in Nepal, when Zavisa Milosavljevic's visitors claimed back-to-back 1-0 wins, with Hassan Bashir and Muhammad Mujahid grabbing the all-important goals. The victories also ensured the Pakistanis were rewarded with timely morale-booster in the shape of a 19-place rise to 170 in the FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking. Paksitan climbed to 141st in 1994, but since then Pakistan struggled and came down to 192 in May 201…