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Malawi National Football Team, the Flames, have moved six places up on the latest Fifa Coca-Cola ranking released on Thursday.

Despite being inactive last month, the Flames have climbed to position 126 in the world from last month’s 133.

Algeria are still ranked number one in Africa and 32nd in the world followed by Ghana, who have climbed one place up, and Ivory Coast on 35th and 36th in the world, respectively.

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South Africa top the region followed by Zambia and Mozambique having dropped three and two places to positions 91 and 98 in the world, respectively.

Flames’ interim coach, Nsanzuwrimo Rhamadan, was not readily available for his reaction yesterday, but he recently said the team was capable of improving its ranking.

However, former Silver Strikers coach, Stanley Chirwa, said there was room for improvement for the Flames in the next rankings.

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“It’s not a good position for us but I feel we can do better if we do well in the upcoming games,” Chirwa said.

The Flames will host Swaziland in the last Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier at Kamuzu Stadium next month.

Malawi endured a difficult campaign in the Afcon qualifying round, only collecting two points from the campaign. Malawi also bowed out of Cosafa Castle Cup in Namibia.

In the world, Argentina have maintained their number one spot followed by Belgium, Colombia and Germany respectively.

Newly crowned European champions, Portugal, remain on position six on the world rankings.

According to the latest rankings, Korea DPR are the biggest climbers after moving 18 places up to position 99 whereas Cuba dropped 30 places to 151.

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