Malawi national football team have paid dearly for their 4-1 loss to Zimbabwe in March after dropping seven steps down on the latest Fifa rankings released on Thursday.
The Flames are on position 121 from last month’s 115 in the world and 36 in Africa.
Last month the Flames gain a step despite the 4-1 thrashing of Zimbabwe while the Wrriors dropped.
But Zimbabwe have benefited from the demolition of the Flames to move up four steps to position 98 in the world and 26 in the African continent.
Ivory Coast are still the highest ranked team in Africa but have also gained three steps in the world to be at 21, Egypt are second in Africa but have also gained two places in the world to be on number 24, Algeria third in Africa but 25 in world having risen three steps up.
Ghana are fourth in Afriaca but have dropped three steps to be on position 38 in the world, Cape Verde fifth in Africa but 42 in the world after tumbling nine steps down, Nigeria have gained two places to be sixth in Africa and 45 in the world, Tunisia seventh in Africa but 49 in the world having gone down five places.
Cameroon have maintained their position eight in Africa and 50 in the world, Guinea ninth in Africa and 51 in the world after rising two steps up, Mali have dropped by three steps to occupy the last spot in the top 10 but are 59 in the world, Burkina Faso have risen by one step to be on position 11 in Africa and 61 in the world.
South Africa, who had maintained position 12 in Africa for the months of February and March have tumbled to position 14.
Malawi’s rivals and neighbours Zambia have maintained position 17 in Afrca and 74 in the world, Mozambique have gained one position to be on 114 in the world and 31 in Africa while Tanzania, who have dropped five steps are on position 122 in the world and 37 in Africa.
The next rankings will be released on May 8.