Malawi climbs 14 places in latest FIFA ranking

Flames have climbed 14 places to occupy number  93 in Fifa World rankings released on Wednesday, July, 4, 2012.

In Africa, the Flames are now on slot 24 ahead of teams likes like Zimbabwe, Togo, Mozambique,
Botswana, Kenya and DR Congo.

Ivory Coast continues to hold top spot in Africa, while European champions, Spain remain number one. Italy goes up six places to sixth.

The number two in Africa is Ghana with the likes of Algeria, Libya, Mali and Zambia following in order.

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Malawi coach, Kinnah Phiri has described the ranking as “true reflection” to the Flames recent performance in the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers.

The Flames drew 0-0 to Kenya before another 1-1 draw with Nigeria in the World Cup qualifiers while in the Africa Cup of Nations they managed to oust Chad.

“This will make us to work more extra harder in our next friendly matches starting with Zambia’s match on Friday,” said Phiri.

The Flames will tussle with the Chipolopolo Boys in an Independence encounter at Kamuzu Stadium on Friday in match to be watched free by supporters.

Zambia has brought with two foreign based players in their squad to face the Flames, while their counterparts have assembled locally based players.

Phiri stressed that he selected locally based players in order to give them a chance to prove.

“Since l took over as the Flames coach, it has been my ambition to give locally based players a chance to play for the national team,” said Phiri.

Some of the notable faces , who are in camp  for the Zambia game include, Foster ‘Zagaf’ Namwera, player of the moment, Joseph ‘Shakira’ Kamwendo, Chimango Kayira, Amadu Ali, Richard Chipuwa, Charles Swini, Gabadin Mhango, Peter ‘Pido’ Pindani and George Nyirenda.

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