Flames move 8 places up on FIFA rankings

Malawi Flames

The recent Malawi national football team exploits in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) could not remain unnoticed as they have moved eight places up the latest FIFA rankings.

According to the rankings released by FIFA through its website on Wednesday, the Flames are now on position 115 from the 123rd place they occupied before the AFCON qualifiers especially after thrashing South Sudan and Uganda back-to-back last week.

Malawi beat South Sudan 1-0 away before unleashing the same score margin on Uganda at home to qualify for the continental competition finishing second in group B with ten points.

Going into the Uganda match, there were worries that Malawi ranked at 123 were a meeting an improved side which was then at 83.

Uganda have dropped a step on the new rankings.

Malawi is the fourth biggest mover on the rankings after Guinea Bissau which has gone 11 steps up to 108, followed by Namibia at 111 and Armenia nine steps to 90.

The move means Malawi is now 29th in Africa from position 32.

Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco still command Africa in their order of top five teams on the rankings.

Belgium, France, England, Portugal, and Spain have maintained their top five spots in the world.

According to FIFA, the ranking system “relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous points totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period. The points which are added or subtracted are partially determined by the relative strength of the two opponents, including the logical expectation that teams higher in the ranking should fare better against teams lower in the ranking.

Malawi is expected to take part in the World Cup qualifiers that start in June by playing Cameroon.