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Flames static on Fifa ranking

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With football lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic there has been no movement on the latest Fifa/Coca-Cola World Ranking released on Thursday.

The Malawi national football team, the Flames remain static on position 123 in the world and 32 in Africa with 1141 points.

Fifa announced on its website that due to Covid-19 that the solitary change sees South Sudan (Flames opponent in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers) move into joint 168th position.

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“The ongoing measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 have resulted in little football of late and, consequently, next-no movement in the latest Fifa/ Coca-Cola World Ranking. A whole raft of international fixtures, including qualifiers for the Fifa World Cup and other major tournaments, were postponed, while dates were redrawn for showpiece men’s events such as the Olympic Football Tournament, CONMEBOL, Copa America and Uefa Euro,’’ reads Fifa.Com

“Amid this upheaval, the ranking was impacted by just four matches–all friendlies-and, as such, remains all but identical to the previous edition. The solitary change sees South Sudan move into joint-168th position with Bermuda after the latter dropped a ranking point thanks to a 2-0 defeat in Jamaica on 11 March.”

Flames Team Manager, Clement Kafwafwa Friday said he was satisfied that no changes were done due to Coronavirus.

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“The Fifa rakings are very important and we have to fight for improved rankings. For our players to move to top leagues in Europe we need to be on good position so we will work hard to improve on our rankings in the near future,” Kafwafwa said.

The Flames are third in Group B of the qualifiers with three points after beating South Sudan 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre but lost 2-0 away to Uganda in the second match. The Cranes of Uganda lead the group with four points at par with Burkina Faso but the latter have a superior goal difference whereas Sudan anchor the group without a single point.

Afcon matches were postponed last month due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The major leagues in the world have also been suspended.

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