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Flames 1 place up on Fifa World Ranking

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Malawi national football team has risen by one step on the latest Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking released Thursday.

The Flames have moved from position 120 to 119 in the world while placed 32nd in Africa, Fifa website indicates.

There are 54 ranked national teams in Africa and 207 in the world, with Somali at the tail end, according to www.fifa.com.

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“Just seven international ‘A’ matches, all friendlies, took place in the past month and, as a result, there are a few movers in the latest Fifa/ Coca-Cola World Ranking.

“Most of the top 50 is unchanged, with Germany, Brazil and Belgium respectively sitting at the summit of the same top ten as last month. In fact, the first 47 positions remain totally unchanged from April’s ranking, but outside the top 50, a couple of nations have made notable advances,” reads a post on the website.

Malawi stand a chance to improve their ranking at the Cosafa Castle Cup tournament which kicks off in South Africa on May 27.

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The Flames will play in the preliminary round against Mauritius, Botswana and Angola. Malawi attained their best ranking, 67, in 1993 and fell to the lowest top position, 138 in 2008.

Elsewhere, Tunisia, who are ranked 14th in the world, are the continent’s number one side.

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