Malta retained the 183d place in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for the month of February.
The national team is ranked 51st among the other European countries. Just ahead of Malta are Moldova (163, up 1), FYR Macedonia (165, down 3) and Kosovo (165, up 1). Lying behind Malta are Liechtenstein (187, up 1), San Marino (202), Andorra (203) and Gibraltar (205).
Malta will be in action next March in a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, although a friendly match could also be scheduled in March.
Meanwhile the most significant changes for the February edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking arrive courtesy of matches played at the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Cameroon’s victory at the tournament helped them climb 29 places into 33rd position while Egypt’s silver-medal finish secured them a place in the Top 25. The Pharaohs (23, plus 12) are now the highest ranked CAF team. AFCON semi-finalists Burkina Faso (38, plus 15) and Ghana (45, plus 9) also enjoyed large gains while quarter- finalists Congo DR (37, plus 12), Morocco (48, plus 9) and hosts Gabon (87, plus 21) also have cause to celebrate.
Despite the many successes from the Americas and Africa over the preceding weeks, the composition of the top five teams remains unchanged for the February ranking. Argentina (1), Brazil (2), Germany (3), Chile (4) and Belgium (5) hold onto their positions while France (6, plus 1) move past Colombia (7, minus 1).
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