Flames' drop on FIFA rankings a wake up call- Analyst

Malawi Flames

Football analyst Higger Mkandawire has urged the Malawi national senior football team, and its technical panel to build on the latest FIFA ranking that has seen the team drop five steps.

FIFA released the rankings on Thursday which saw the Flames drop to position 120, barely weeks after going down 2-1 against Ivory Coast in the World Cup qualifiers.

The team also lost to the Ivorians in their first leg match 3-0 and have Mozambique and Cameroon to play in the qualifiers.

According to Mkandawire, the ranking should charge up the team to fight hard in the next qualifiers and improve on their position.

“We should be aiming for two-digits places. That can be achieved if we play good teams like Cameroon and Ivory Coast. Out technical panel should therefore ensure they prepare the players and fight hard in their next games. We can also use these matches to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations next year,” he said.

The Flames have played four games in the World Cup qualifiers against Mozambique, Cameroon, and Ivory Coast twice, but have only managed a single win with two goals scored.

Malawi qualified for next year's AFCON finals.

The new rankings have Belgium maintain their top spot in the world, while Senegal lead African teams.