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Despite being inactive for a month, Malawi’s Flames have risen on the latest Fifa ranking from position 107 to 106.

Argentina are the top-place team followed by Belgium on second and Chile placed third.

Algeria are the best ranked side in Africa on world ranking. They are placed on position 33 while Côte d’Ivoire are on position 34.

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In Africa, Algeria lead the continent followed by Côte d’Ivoire on second and Ghana on third.

However, Flames Coach, Ernest Mtawali, yesterday said the country should not get carried away with the latest ranking released on Thursday.

“We have moved up and it is a bonus on our part. However, we need to strive to get better all the time. For the time being, it can be good if we can move to somewhere around 80’s and 90’s,” he said.

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Mtawali said the Flames and the entire nation should aim at playing more matches to improve on the ranking.

“Playing a lot of games alone does not guarantee a rise on Fifa ranking, so we also need to get good results. We need to utilise Fifa calendar dates,” he said.

Malawi last played in March when the team suffered a 1-2 home loss to Guinea that left the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign hanging by a thread.

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