The Flames have also moved up three places on the continent to 27th.
National team captain Limbikani ‘Pupa’ Mzava reiterated that it is relieving that the Flames have not slipped on the rankings.
“Of course, there are several factors that are taken into consideration, but going up a few places on the rankings when we were still not active is a relief,” said Mzava.
He added: “Hopefully we will do well in the forthcoming 2018 Chan (Championship African Nations) preliminary qualifiers against Madagascar so as to get into the double-digit bracket.”
In the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) bloc, the Flames are fifth behind South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia and Zambia.
Egypt (19) are the top-ranked team in Africa followed by Senegal (30) and African champions Cameroon (33).
Brazil have displaced Argentina as the top-ranked side in the world. Argentina are now second followed by world champions Germany