The Flames have dropped one place from 116 to 117 on the latest Fifa Coca-Cola World Rankings released yesterday.
On the continent, the Flames have also dropped by a single step to 33 from 32 while in the Cosafa bloc, they are currently sixth behind South Africa (54), Zambia (69), Angola (89), Botswana (97) and Zimbabwe (105).
Former Flames captain Peter ‘Mjojo’ Mponda said the drop is not surprising as the Flames were inactive so were many other teams, especially in Africa.
“It does not come as a surprise really because we have been inactive for some time.
“In fact, these rankings are also confusing because you find that when a team plays and wins, it still drops, but here we are, the Flames have been inactive for over two months now and yet we have dropped by a single place,” said Mponda.
However, Mponda hinted that the Flames could drop further following the failure to participate in Championship of African Nations (Chan).
Last month, the Flames rose five places.
Ivory Cost (17), remain the top African ranked team followed by Ghana (24) and Algeria (27).
Spain top the world rankings followed by Argentina and Colombia.