Malawi National senior football team coach Meck Mwase has said the latest FIFA world rankings should not be basis for his side's relaxing mood ahead of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
The latest ranking released on Thursday through FIFA website show that the Flames and their AFCON opponents South Sudan have been maintained on positions 123 and 163 respectively, while Uganda has dropped four steps to position 83.
Malawi is set to meet South Sudan and Uganda in the second leg matches of the qualifiers five days apart next month.
According to Mwase, the Malawi side failed to move up due to inactivity as a result of COVID-19.
Malawi has only played two games since end 2019 against Burkina Faso.
"The rankings are just numbers, we should not concentrate on Uganda dropping some steps backward or South Sudan maintaining their position. We just need to work hard so that we can beat them and have greater chance of moving to a better position," Mwase said.
Malawi beat South Sudan 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in 2019 and lost to Uganda 2-0 away in the qualifiers.
Meanwhile the Flames are in camp at Mpira Village in Blantyre preparing for the two matches.
Mwase named a 29-member local squad which started training on Thursday.
Senegal, Tunisia and Algeria have maintained their top three status in the Confederation of African Football (CAF), while moved up with a single step to fourth.
Belgium maintained their number one status in the world as all 32 top teams have remained static.