Malawi drop 26 steps down Fifa world rankings

Malawi national football team has dropped 26 steps down the Fifa world rankings from 107 last month to 133 after the latest posted on Thursday, July 14 by the world football governing body.

Malawi team the Flames
Malawi team the Flames

This follows the team’s poor performance in the Fifa World Cup qualifiers and the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers as well as the southern African regional tournament, the Cosafa Cup held in Namibia last month.

In May, the Flames were at 106, in April at 107, in March at 104, as well as in February while in January, they were at 109.

The Flames exited from the 2018 World Cup qualifiers by Tanzania in the preliminary round and are out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with one game remaining against Swaziland in September.

At the Cosafa Cup, they fell out in the four-team group qualifiers that had Angola, Mauritius and Lesotho.

Meanwhile, Argentina remain at the summit of the world rankings despite the impact of three recent major international tournaments – the OFC Nations Cup, Copa America Centenario and Uefa Euro 2016.

According to Fifa, a total of 228 ‘A’ internationals contributed to the recent movements, with those big events in Oceania, Europe and the Americas especially important in propelling nations upwards.

European champions Portugal have leapfrogged Spain and Brazil into sixth position.

France, who were defeated 0-1 by Portugal in the Euro final climbed 10 places to a new position of seventh.

In Africa, Algeria are top but 32 in the world followed by Côte d’Ivoire on second (35 in the world) and Ghana on third (36).

Senegal are 41 in the world but fourth in Africa, Egypt 43 and fifth in Africa while Tunisia are 6th but 45 in the world.

Cameroon are 7th in Africa and 53 in the world, Morocco 8th (54), DR Congo 9th (59) and Mali 10th (61).

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