Flames have maintained their 97th position on the May edition of the Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking; in what is a reflection of little movement on the global football sphere.
Malawi also remains fourth out of 14 southern Africa national teams, while also maintaining 19th slot from a field of 54 Africa teams. Fifa website released the latest table yesterday.
A win this Sunday against Zambia, who are ranked 60th in the world, second in southern Africa and 16th in Africa, could earn the Flames more weighting for next month’s ranking.
Bafana Bafana are positioned number one in southern Africa, 17th in Africa and 59th in the world.
Algeria, rated 20th in the world, lead Africa chart followed by Cote d’Ivoire (23 rd in the world), Ghana (26), Tunisia (31), Senegal (36), Cape Verde Islands (37), Guinea (41), Nigeria (45), Cameroon (48), and Congo (49).
Fifa website reported yesterday that results of only three games were used to calculate the latest ranking which has World Cup champions Germany still number one in the world ahead of Argentina (second, unchanged) followed in order by Belgium, Colombia, Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, Uruguay, Switzerland and Spain.
“The three games in question were friendlies between USA and Mexico (2-0) and Suriname and Guyana (1-0), as well as the abandoned Uefa Euro 2016 qualifier between Russia (27th, up 5) and Montenegro (75th, down 5) on 27 March, which has now been declared as a 3-0 victory for Russia,” reads www.fifa.com .
“Other teams have benefited from the devaluation of past matches, such as St Vincent and the Grenadines (110th, up 6), St Lucia (131st, up 5), Suriname (155th, up 14) and Dominica (165th, up 12). Although they have only made slight climbs, both Wales (21st, up 1) and Timor-Leste (151st, up 1) are now in their highest-ever positions.”