By Peter Kanjere:
Malawi beach soccer national team is not yet among the recognised sides in Africa and the world, Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSW) latest review indicates.
The organisation Wednesday released its rankings for all national teams that are involved in the game, which is in its infancy in Malawi. Confederation of African Football has also recognised the rankings.
“Beach Soccer Worldwide has taken into account all the panorama of beach soccer events and competitions. The basis of the Beach Soccer Worldwide Rankings takes into consideration [sic] many aspects and factors observed by Fifa/Coca-Cola Men’s World Ranking,” reads a press release on BSW website.
There are 113 national teams whose beach soccer is recognised as competitive in the world, with Brazil ranked number one worldwide and Fiji at the basement.
Iran, Portugal, Russia, Italy, Tahiti, Paraguay, Switzerland, Spain and Senegal are ranked number two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and 10, respectively, in the world.
Senegal lead the continental rankings whereas Madagascar, placed 35th on the world chart, are Southern Africa’s leading side followed by Mozambique on third place and 61st in the world, Ghana on fourth place and 66th in the world and South Africa (85).
There are 20 ranked national teams in Africa and six in Southern Africa, according to www.beachsoccer.com.
Coached by former Mafco and Red Lions mentor, Stereo Gondwe, Malawi had their finest hour after finishing second at Cosafa Beach Soccer Tournament a few years ago but, of late, the team has been struggling. Beach soccer is played on a sandy pitch.