The Malawi national football team continues to rise on Fifa rankings despite being inactive since the Cecafa Cup in Ethiopia in December.
After starting the year by rising three places in January, the Flames are up two places on the February rankings.
The Flames are now on position 104 from last month’s 106 on the world rankings.
Malawi is now on position 28 up from 30 in Africa but still fifth in the Confederation of Southern Africa Football Association (Cosafa) region.
The Flames, who face Guinea in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, are expected to play a strength testing match on their way to Conakry.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Suzgo Nyrienda said they were yet to secure a friendly for the Flames that might help the team to gain more points and rise on the Fifa rankings.
“We are just keeping our fingers crossed that we will get positive response,” Nyirenda said.
South Africa are the best team in the Cosafa region replacing Zambia’s Chipolopolo who are down nine places.
Botswana is third best followed by Mozambique, Malawi, Angola and Swaziland in that order.
Belgium are the best team in the world followed by Argentina on second position and Spain on third position.
Some teams from Africa such as Cape Verde Islands, Swaziland, Mozambique and Rwanda, got special mention on Fifa website after they improved by more than five positions.
“A special mention goes to Rwanda in the latest ranking. The Wasps won three of their six matches played since early January, while also closing out 2015 with a shock-upset over African heavyweights Côte d’Ivoire in an international friendly played on December 16 2015,” the Fifa website reported yesterday.