Malawi drop 10 places on Fifa ranking

Flames two losses at Cosafa have taken the Flames 10 places down from 108 to 118 on August Fifa/Coca-cola world rankings released Thursday.

In Africa Malawi national team is now on position 33 from 30.

Malawi is now seventh in Cosafa, a position that the team also finished on at the regional tournament hosted by Zambia last month where they lost to Zimbabwe in quarterfinals and Angola in plate section.

It is very doubtful if the Flames can make it back to the top 100 within the next few months.

Malawi players cneed to win in next two matches to climb the radder on Fifa ranking
Malawi players cneed to win in next two matches to climb the radder on Fifa ranking

The Flames play Rwanda in an international friendly on August 14 and the next match is against Nigeria in Calabar on September 7.

Interim Flames coach Tom Saintfiet said there chances of rising in the ranking “significantly” if Malawi can do well against Rwanda and more importantly in Nigeria.

“We have to beat Rwanda and Nigeria to climb the ladder,” said the Belgian tactician admitted in an interview Thursday.

The top most ranked team in Cosafa is Zambia who are on position 60 in the world and 10th in Africa.

South Africa is second on position 67 in the world and position 12 in Africa.

Bafana is followed by Angola at position 98 in the world and 24 in Africa.

Botswana is next on 101 and 26 in the world and Africa respectively after moving up 15 places.

The Zebras have replaced Mozambique who dropped six places and are now 108th in the world and 30th in Africa followed by Zimbabwe on position 116 and 32.

At the top of Africa rankings Ivory Coast has dropped five places but they are still the best team in Africa followed by Ghana, Mali, Algeria and Nigeria.

Spain have held on to their lead as the world best team ahead of Germany while Colombia are third.

Argentina and Netherlands follow closely on position four and five while Italy is sixth while Portugal Croatia Brazil and Belgium complete the top10 in that order.


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