Flames slip on FIFA rankings

Malawi Flames

The Malawi national football team, has dropped with five places on the latest FIFA rankings to position 101, days before the team’s next Wednesday’s 2018 World Cup preliminary round first leg against neighbors Tanzania.

This has come on the same day head coach Ernest Mtawali briefed the media on the trip to Tanzania.

He told he press that his charges were set to perform to the last drop of their blood in both matches against the Taifas.

On Thursday, Mtawali named a 20 man squad for match which will be played at  Benjamin Mukapa National Stadium before a return leg on 11 October at Kamuzu Stadium.

Malawi Flames
Flames (red) face Tanzania on Wednesday.

The team departs on Sunday.

Earlier this year, the Flames had won the Cosafa Plate South Africa a development which pushed them to up to 95th in the rankings, prepared by the world football governing body.


Argentina top the ranks with Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Columbia all completing the world’s top five.

Algeria remains Africa’s number one and standing at position 19 before Afcon winners Ivory Coast who are 21st globally.



Simplex Nthara -Brighton Munthali

Defenders -Limbikani Mzava -Stainley Sanudi -John Lanjesi -Miracle Gabeya -Pilirani Zonda -Yamikani Fodya

Midfielders -Levison Maganizo -Chimango Kayira -Robert Ng’ambi -Isaac Kaliyati -John Banda -Micium Mhone -Gerald Phiri Jnr -Dalitso Sailesi

Strikers -Manase Chiyesa -Gabadinho Mhango -Chawanangwa Kaonga -Robin Ngalande



Earlier this week, Tanzania coach Boniface Mkwasa released a 23 man squad which saw versatile Mrisho Ngassa who plays for Free State Stars in South Africa being called as well.


Tanzania squad in camp for Malawi match, according to Tanzania Daily News.

Goalkeepers: Ally Mustapha, Aishi Manula and Said Mohammed.

Defenders: Nadir Haroub, Kelvin Yondani, Mohammed Hussein, Hassan Isihaka, Juma Abdul, Shomary Kapombe and Mwinyi Haji.

Midfielders: Himid Mao, Said Ndemla, Salum Telela, Frank Domayo, Mudathir Yahya, Simon Msuva and Deus Kaseke

Strikers: Rashid Mandawa, John Bocco, Mrisho Ngassa, Mbwana Samatta, Thomas Ulimwengu and Farid Mussa.



  1. sindikumvetsatu pamenepa is it Malawi is on #101 pamene Argentina #1 which means 101 Flames = 1Argentina. since a team has 11 players then 101*11malawian players=1*11 argentina players then after dividing by 11 both sides 101 malawian players = 1 argentina player

  2. Ngati tikukanika kuchinya zimbadwe,Tanzania,Mozambiq,what you expect? Ndi Kenya yomwe timapanga nao draw… Mabvuto alipo

  3. Zili bho as we r falling others r rising tisamazi konde let us at least give chance 4 others to rise a bit choncho tizakhala a peace jst lyk we de Rastas

  4. Zosadabwisa izo team yathu kuchuluka makochi aliyense mmalawi amafuna player amamukonda kupita ku national team olo atakamlamba chotani munthuyo.ena ndi awo pano asanduka osunga juju kumatimu awo chifukwa chakuchekula.rasta wakuti wodalila zisamba?

  5. Strange. Malawi is falling on almost all the word and domestic rankings. On FIFA now, then it was on global competetiveness, on poverty, on governance, on borrowing, security… Christ is there anything good happening in Mw?

  6. Hw do u expect to go up yet mukutsekereza coach to get new boots,even wen we come to politics amalawi used old pple resulting into poor in everything,tisadat or tanzania itikunthaso tikapusa

    1. Mmmm nde ma local players sidziwika out side Malawi. Most of our professionals were exposed coz of the involvement of our national team in international game.

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