AMMONNEWS — Jordan stayed at 81st spot in the latest FIFA /Coca-Cola World Ranking issued on Wednesday.
The national team is slated to play two friendlies this month against Lebanon on May 18 and Sierra Leone on May 27 before the kick-off of Round 4 of 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Jordan will join the continent's top 10 qualifying teams in two round-robin, home-and-away groups of five teams each with matches set to take place between June 3, 2012 and June 18, 2013. The two group winners and two group runners-up qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Third-placed teams from each group advance to Round 5.
The line-up trained without Faisali's players who were on duty with their club in the Stage 6 matches of the 9th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup. Wihdat lost 4-2 to Oman's Urouba on Tuesday while Oman’s Suweiq beat Faisali 3-2 on Wednesday.
In Round 4, Jordan will play in Group B facing Iraq on June 3 an Japan on June 10 as well as Australia and Oman later on. Group A includes South Korea, Iran, Uzbekistan, Qatar and Lebanon.
Jordan secured qualification to the final qualifying round for the first time since taking part in the qualifiers in 1985. In Round 3, Jordan beat Iraq 2-1, China 2-0 and Singapore 3-0. In the return leg Jordan beat Singapore 2-0 but lost to Iraq and China 3-1 to finish second in Group A behind Iraq.
The latest FIFA ranking was led by world and European champs Spain, trailed by Germany, Uruguay, the Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, England, Croatia, Argentina and Denmark.
Jordan is now 8th among AFC teams and 7th overall among Arab teams. Top 10 Asian teams in the AFC are Australia at 21st spot, followed by Japan (30), South Korea (31), Iran (52), China (66), Uzbekistan (70), Iraq (72), Jordan (81), Qatar (84) and North Korea (86).
Algeria still leads top 10 Arab teams at 38th spot, followed by Libya (46), Tunisia (56), Egypt (57), Morocco (60), Iraq (72), Jordan (81), Qatar (84), Kuwait (86) and Saudi Arabia (89).
* Jordan Times / Aline Bannayan