By: Andrew Cane Chilapondwa
Flames failure to beat Guinea at home in the 2017 Gabon African Cup of Nations qualifier some weeks ago has condemned the team to position 107 from 104 in the latest FIFA rankings released by the World football governing body on Thursday afternoon.
Malawi was beaten 2-1 by the West African giants to automatically miss out on the chances of making it to Gabon next year for their third Afcon finals appearance.
The Flames have also dropped from position 26 in Africa to 30, with Algeria ascending back to position one in Africa by leapfrogging Cape Verde.
The last time Malawi recorded a victory was last year when they managed to beat Tanzania 1-nil in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers at Kamuzu Stadium but bowed out on goal aggregate.
Argentina has now moved to position one in the World, replacing Belgium, with the World Cup Champions Germany dropping to the fifth position.
Chile is the highest movers who have now occupied position three on the radar.
Surprisingly, Group L leaders Zimbabwe are on position 127 despite playing fantastic football in the on-going Afcon qualification campaign, with second-placed Guinea occupying the 59th position and 9 in Africa. CHAN winners DR Congo are eighth in Africa and 58 in the World.
The Flames will travel to Zimbabwe in June before wrapping up their qualification games in September at home when they host Swaziland.
TOP TEN TEAMS IN AFRICAN FOOTBALL
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Cape Verde
- Congo DR