Flames drop the worst on Fifa ranking


Following two careless defeats on the bounce to unfancied Madagascar, Malawi’s Flames have deservedly made headlines for the wrong reasons on the latest Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Fifa website yesterday named the Flames as the worst performer of March after dropping by the biggest points (42) and the biggest ranking (14) from position 100 to 114 in the world.

The ranking reflects the poor state of domestic football and undermines efforts to export players to big teams and attract strong national teams for friendlies with the Flames.


New Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, has a tough task to turn around the fortunes of the Flames who were once ranked 67 in the world in 1993. Malawi registered its worst ranking of 138 in 2008 under English coach Stephen, Constantine.

The latest decline is unsurprising as the Flames lost by 1-0 margins to the lowly-ranked Madagascar on April 22 and 29 in the African Nations Championship and also drew 0-0 in Kenya.

Ironically, Madagascar have gained from the Flames’ misery having been named as the best mover of the month from position 120 to 111.


In Africa, the Flames have also climbed down to position 33 out of 55 teams while lying eighth out of 14 Southern African sides. In the region, Madagascar are also ahead on seventh position.

There are 206 ranked national teams across the world with Brazil number one in the world and war-torn Somalia at the tail-end.

The world football governing body’s website said the latest ranking reflects just seven friendlies played in April.

“Seeing just seven games played, the top 20 places remained static following April, with a one-place drop for Slovakia (24) into accounting for the only movement inside the leading 73 nations. Bolivia (73, plus 1) brought about that small ripple of motion,” reads

“Outside of the top 100 there was some notable change. A pair of wins for Madagascar (111, plus nine) over Malawi (114, minus 14) saw them claim the titles of the month’s biggest movers up and down the table respectively, with South Sudan (146, plus eight) not far behind after similarly twice seeing off Somalia (206, unchanged).”

Up the table, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Chile, Colombia make up the world’s top-five. France, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain are placed sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10.

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