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World Hockey Organization ranks Malawi teams – Malawi Nyasa Times

The International World Hockey Federation has recognized Malawi after ranking the national men’s and women’s teams.

Malawi women’s hockey team

This follows the inclusion of the men’s and women’s teams in the latest ranks released by world hockey’s governing body.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Malawi National Council of Sports said both teams are ranked 10the in Africa, but the men’s team is ranked 95, while the women’s team is 78 on the continent.

Reads a statement in part: “Malawi’s men’s and women’s national hockey teams have been ranked for the first time by the International Hockey Federation in their latest outdoor rankings. The men’s national team is ranked 95th in the world and 10th in Africa, with a total of 253.92 points. The women’s national team is ranked 78th in the world and 10th in Africa, with a total of 331.02 points.”

The team’s ranking follows the country’s hosting of the Africa Cup Club Championship in November 2023 and participation in the Eastern and Central Qualifiers in September 2022 in Zimbabwe, which the government funded through the Malawi National Council of Sports.

Malawi male hockey team

Hockey Association of Malawi Secretary General Godfrey Biya said the country could further improve its world rankings by participating in more international competitions.

“As an association, we are happy that Malawi hockey is in the rankings for the first time. This shows that despite the many challenges, progress has been made. We have dreamed of this day and overall we are happy that hockey in Malawi is now on the world map. We hope for more international competitions, especially with under-21 teams, to improve our ranking,” Biya said.

According to the rankings, the Netherlands is the number one team in the world in the men’s category with 3161.38 points, followed by Belgium with 2948.16 points and Australia in third place with 2906.22 points.

Among women, the Netherlands is at the top with 3583.05 points, Argentina is in second place with 2927.38 points and Germany is in third place with 2831.99 points.

In Africa, South Africa ranks first in the men’s category and 14th in the world with 1912.96 points.

Egypt is ranked second and 17th in the world with 1712.31 points, while Ghana is ranked third and 34th in the world with 1139.03 points.

In the women’s category, South Africa is ranked first and 18th in the world with 1499.65 points, Ghana is ranked second and 31st in the world with 994.59 points, while Kenya is ranked third and 33rd in the world with 977.46 points.

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