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Flames 10 steps down on Fifa Rankings

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Malawi National Football Team has fallen by 10 steps— from 106 to 116— on Fifa- Coca-Cola World Rankings for September, weeks after playing two friendly matches in Morocco.

The 1-1 draw against Morocco Under-23 and a 1-0 win over Togo have done little to push the Flames on the ranking table, which comprises 206 national teams.

Furthermore, the Flames sit on positions six and 30 in Southern Africa and Africa, out of 14 and 54 national teams, respectively.

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Having climbed 18 steps up to position 78 in the world, Zambia’s Chipolopolo are Southern Africa’s top ranked team, displacing South Africa.

Bafana Bafana, following two losses to Cape Verde Islands, have nose-dived by 14 places to 80th place whereas Zambia have profited from sensational 3-1 and 1-0 wins over Algeria.

In Africa, Zambia are ranked 16th whereas Bafana Bafana are rated 18th on the continent.

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Ranked 30th in the world, the Pharaohs of Egypt are Africa’s number one team followed by Tunisia (31st in the world), Senegal (33), the Democratic Republic of Congo (42), Nigeria (44), Cameroon (45), Burkina Faso (49), Ghana (52), Cote d’Ivoire (54) and Morocco (56).

Fifa World Cup champions, Germany, top the rankings’ table followed by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, France, Chile and Colombia on second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th positions, respectively.

Fifa website has reported that this month’s most notable climbers are the Cape Verde Islands (67, up 47), Luxembourg (101, up 35), Bolivia (46, up 22) and Denmark (26, up 20). This on the back of stunning results in qualifying against South Africa, France, Chile and Poland, respectively.

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