By Ronald Mpaso:
Malawi national football team has moved one step up on the latest Fifa rankings released Friday.
The rankings indicate that the Flames have neither gained nor lost any point during the period under review and only moved from 130 in the previous rankings to 129.
The figures show that Malawi have maintained 1,115 points with an upward movement of one step.
The Flames have not been active since November last year when they lost 1-2 to Comoros in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Moroni.
The loss came on the back of a barren draw against Cameroon in the same competition at Kamuzu Stadium.
Malawi will play their last qualifier against Morocco at the soccer mecca in March. The match will be of no significance to the Flames as they are already out of contention for a place at the Egypt finals.
Football Association of Malawi Technical Director John Kaputa declined to comment on the matter.
Flames Coach Ronny van Geneugden and his assistant Peter Mponda did not pick our calls to comment on the development.
The rankings rate Belgium as the world’s top footballing nation, with France and Brazil coming second and third, respectively.
Senegal (24) is Africa’s top team while Tunisia (28) and Morocco (43) are second and third. Nigeria (46) are fourth while Democratic Republic of Congo complete Africa’s top five.
The list of the continent’s top ten teams is dominated by West and North African teams with none from southern Africa.
South Africa (74) remains Cosafa’s best team, followed by Zambia (82). The Flames are ranked eighth in the southern Africa region.