The Flames have made six steps up to settle at position 111 from 117 in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday by the world soccer governing body.
Malawi won their opening 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification campaign with a victory over Comoros Islands last month and the result has finally bore fruits.
The Flames dropped to 117 when they lost to Madagascar in the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) first round qualifier in Ronny Van Geneugden’s first game in charge.
Germany top the latest list after overtaking Brazil and Argentina at the top of the pile. The 2014 World Cup winners had not been at number one for two years before this month.
As a result, Brazil and Argentina slip to second and third respectively.
It was a great month for Portugal, Switzerland and Poland as they moved up four places to fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, while Chile, Colombia, France and Belgium have all dropped three places to seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth.
In Africa, Egypt remain Africa’s highest-ranked side in the latest edition of the FIFA world rankings, with Senegal, DR Congo, Tunisia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast completing the top ten African teams.