Malawi Women’s National Football Team, the Scorchers, have dropped three places on the latest Fifa rankings released on Friday.
The Scorchers are now on position 158 in the world with 942.66 points from 155.
This could be attributed to the Scorchers’ inactivity in the last 10 months since they lost 4-3 on aggregate to Zambia in the Afcon Women’s qualifiers in October last year.
However, National Women’s Football Association (NWFA) Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira was optimistic that the team will soon climb on the rankings.
“There is no need to panic and soon we will be ranked among the best teams. We have made great sides as a country to develop the game,” Ngwira said.
Malawi reached the final of the 2021 Cosafa Cup for the first time after beating South Africa 3-2 but lost 1-0 to Tanzania in the final.
The Scorchers are also expected to take part in this year’s tournament slated to start later this month.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) President Walter Nyamilandu said the ranking was not a true reflection of the team’s performance.
“We are better than the current ranking. It is not a true reflection of our potential. I have no doubt we will scale up and catch up with the high flyers. We need to start competing actively and consistently,” Nyamilandu said.
While the Scorchers’ free fall continues, neighbours Zambia are the most improved sides, on Fifa rankings, having moved 23 places to position 80 in the world.
Nigeria’s Super Falcons, despite dropping on the World Rankings, are still number one team in Africa whereas South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, who won the 2022 Afcon women’s championship, are second.
Cameroon are third whereas Ghana and Ivory Coast are fourth and fifth respectively.
United States of America (USA) are the top ranked team in the world followed whereas Germany and Sweden are second and third respectively.