The Flames moved one step up on latest Fifa rankings to 114 in the world and 32 in Africa despite the national football team’s six-month inactivity.
But interestingly, in-form Zimbabwe’s Warriors, who thrashed the rusty Flames 4-1 in a friendly at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre few weeks ago, have slumped two places to 102 in the world and 28 on the continent.
The latest Fifa rating was released on Thursday March 13 2014. The next update is expected on April 10.
Malawi’s neighbours Chipolopolo of Zambia have moved a step up to 74 in the world and 16 in Africa while Mozambique’s Mambas, whose Macambola League has become a popular destination for Malawi’s professional footballers, have gained three steps and are now a single place behind the Flames. They are 33 in Africa and 115 in the world.
South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and Burkina Faso are the only African national teams that have maintained their positions on the rankings.
South Africa is 12th in Africa and 64th in the world whereas Burkina Faso is 11th on the continent and 62nd in the world.
Egypt are the second biggest climbers on the rankings after Comoros Islands as they moved 12 places to become the third best team in Africa and 26th in the world.
Spain are still on top of the ladder in the world followed by Germany, Argentina, Portugal, Colombia, Uruguay, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil and Belgium.