Malawi national football team, the Flames, are up four places on Fifa world ranking for the month of November released yesterday by the world football governing body.
The Flames are on position 97 up from 101 in the world and 24 in Africa.
A total of 172 international matches were taken into account, including Malawi’s two-legged qualifier against Tanzania, which Malawi lost 2-1 on aggregate.
Cote d’Ivoire are still the best team in Africa followed by Algeria on second position, Ghana on third spot and Cape Verde on position four.
Zambia’s Chipolopolo are the best team in Cosafa at position 16 in Africa and 71 in the world.
They are followed by South Africa on position 18 in Africa and 75 in the world rankings.
The Flames are the third best team in Cosafa region while Angola are fourth on position 25 and 98 in the world.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said the Flames’ chance of rising on the rankings were high if they remain active.
“That’s why we need to play at least an international friendly game or participate at the Cecafa Cup if we are to finish the year in top 100,” he said.
Belgium top the world ranking for the first time in history after The Red Devils jumped two places to replace previous leaders Argentina who are now third and world champions Germany who have maintained second position.
The biggest climbers in the top 10 are Chile who are up four spots to position four.
The last ranking of 2015 will be published on December 3. n