December 29, 2016 by Staff Reporter
The Malawi National Women football team has risen seven places on the latest Fifa rankings released last Friday and are now 123 in the World.
The team is ranked 22 in Africa and fifth in the Cosafa region behind South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia.
This is big boost to the team which has today resumed camp in Lilongwe a head of an international friendly match against Zambia’s She-Chupolopolo this Friday at Nankhaka ground in Lilongwe as part of preparations for next year’s competitions.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) general secretary Alfred Gunda confirmed the match, saying they struck a deal with their Zambian counterparts during the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) summit recently.
The match will compensate for the failed bid to secure friendly matches against South Africa and Botswana.
Malawi had earmarked South Africa after Botswana unceremoniously withdrew from a friendly match against Malawi on December 3 this year.
The team’s coach Stewart Mbolembole said Zambia is a strong team and hoped it will give his side a chance to weigh its strength.
“After the failed match against Botswana we stopped camping but we continued to hold training sessions in all the three regions just to ensure the players are fit in case a friendly match popped up,” he said.
The team last played in November 2015 against Tanzania in an international friendly match which they lost 2-0.(Story by Football Association Of Malawi)