Malawi climb three steps up in Fifa rankings

Malawi national football team, the Flames, have climbed three steps from 93 to 90 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Flames coach, Kinnah Phiri described the latest ranking which was released on Wednesday, August, 8 as morale boost ahead of their encounter against Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match in September.

The Malawi head coach said the latest ranking was a proof that his youthful squad, which is comprised of many locally based players, is now bearing fruits.

“This is an indication that our youthful squad, which is dominated by locally based players is now performing and l am so delighted with this development,” said Kinnah.

Kinnah: Encouraged with the rankings

The Flames mentor also indicated that the ranking will give his troops more confidence ahead of their crunch encounter against the Black Stars of Ghana in September.

The Flames is also expected to meet the Cranes from Uganda on August, 25 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre in a friendly match.

The rankings

FIFA state their rankings are based on all international matches, including friendlies.

The rankings are compiled every month, with ranking points accumulated according to results, the importance of the matches played and the strength of opposing teams.

World and European champions Spain have retained a comfortable lead at the top ahead of Euro 2012 semi-finalists Germany.

In Africa, Ivory Coast still rules followed by Ghana and Algeria.

Youthful Flames squad

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