FAM ‘disappointed’ with Flames drop on Fifa ranking

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda has described Malawi’s drop on the latest FIFA rankings as very disappointing.

The Flames have dropped 9 places from position 78 to 87 and ranked 21 in Africa.

Reacting to the development, Nyirenda says it is always bad to see the team drop on the rankings instead of climbing up the ladder and attributed the drop to the Flames recent unimpressive results.

Nyirenda: Drop not good

“Our failure to qualify for the 2012 African cup of nation’s finals has cost us dearly. We won a few games and drew against weaker sides and we are not surprised with the rankings but we are disappointed,” he said.

Nyirenda says there is a lot of work to be done if the Flames are to push into their dream 60 bracket on the rankings.

“We wanted to move up the ladder but unfortunately, we did not spring up good results but we should still keep our heads up and focus ahead,” he added.

Nyirenda is optimistic that the Flames will come out good in the 2013 Afcon qualifiers and hoping that the team will participate in the forth coming Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations(Cecafa) senior challenge cup.

Malawi has been put on the waiting list of teams to be considered to participate as guests alongside South Africa, Zambia and Ivory Coast.

According to Cecafa, they will pick two teams from the four to take part in the tournament slated for Tanzania from November 25 to December 10.

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