Just like their male counterparts, who have dropped on the latest FIFA rankings released on Wednesday, the Malawi women’s football team has also dropped from position 126 to 129.
The team which finally entered the band of world ranked teams earlier this year has paid the price of inactivity after returning from the 2011 Cosafa women’s championship in Zimbabwe.
After making a promising comeback to international football after a five year break, the team went through to the semifinals of the tournament and earned ranking.
But after that, the Malawo women football team has been out of action and will only return next month in the CAF women championship first leg match against Zambia.
One of the country’s most respected women football pioneers and owner of Malawi’s top women’s football side DD Sunshine, David Dube told Nyasa Times that the rankings are a true reflection of the situation on the ground because the team has been inactive for a long time.
“We needed to play some games atleast to remain competitive and move up the ladder,but that has not been the case and we deserved the drop reaaly,” Dube said.
Dube says a lot has to be done to make Malawi move up the ladder and should atleast organise some matches for the girls.
The team goes into camp on Christmas day to prepare for the CAF encounter against Zambia on the weekend of 14 – 15 January.
United States are still the top ranked women’s football team followed by Germany. World champions Japan are on position 4.