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Flames 1 place up

Malawi national football team has, despite being inactive for three months, risen by one step on the latest Fifa- Coca-Cola World Rankings released Thursday.

The Flames have moved from position 124 to 123 out of 206 recognised national teams in the world, according to Fifa’s website.

Malawi, who date Uganda on March 27 in a friendly, is positioned 34 in Africa from a list of 45 teams. The rankings are also calculated using average results in the past two years.

Speaking before the rankings were released, the Flames Captain, Limbikani Mzava, on Wednesday said the team needs to treat the game in Kampala with utmost seriousness.

“I have been called up for this game and I will come.

The friendly against Uganda is important for the sake of the rankings. It would also serve as a preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers,” the South Africa-based sweeper said.

The Flames are fine-tuning for Afcon qualifying games against Comoros Islands, Cameroon and Morocco. The qualifiers will resume in September.

The Flames’ last match was against Lesotho at Bingu National Stadium, Lilongwe, on November 11 2017.

Tunisia, who are rated 23rd in the world, are Africa’s number one side. Ranked 77th, Zambia are southern Africa’s top team.

Germany are still the number one ranked team in the world followed by Brazil, Argentina and Portugal. Somalia are the least ranked team in the world.

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