Malawi national football team, the Flames , have paid dearly for the team’s flagging performance after tumbling four places down the Fifa rankings released on Thursday.
The Flames, who were on position 118 in last month’s release, have now reached 122 in the world and 34 in Africa.
The Flames beat Rwanda 1-0 in a friendly game but lost by the same margin to Botswana in another friendly before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier between the last month’s release and this month’s.
The rankings make one of the worst times for the freefalling Flames, who will have a tough time to retain to within the two digit numbers.
Ivory Coast are still the best team in Africa but have dropped one step in the world to position 18, Ghana second but 24 in the world with Algeria rising to third (28) and Malawi’s Group F rivals Super Eagles have gained one step up from position five to four in Africa 36 in the world.
In the Cosafa Region, South Africa, are the highest ranked team on position 12 in Africa and 68 in the World followed by the 2012 Africa Champions Zambia on position 14 and 71 in the with Angola on position 20 and 89 in the world.
Zimbabwe are 101 and 27 in the World, Botswana on position 30 and 104 in the World.
Spain still lead the world followed by Argentina, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay, Brazil, Netherland, and Croatia in that order in the top.
England have dropped three places to 17 while Portugal are on 11th in the world.