The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has this week released it’s 2018 classification of the best 80 Football Leagues around the world.

The Spanish top flight Championship,La Liga has yet again been classified as the first in the world.

The ranking of these National Leagues by the German firm depends on the performance of the top 5 teams in the league in the national and international scene.

The 2018 ranking released by the body this week placed La Liga in the first position for the 13th time since 1991.The English, Brazilian,Colombian and Italian leagues in that order.

In Africa,the Botola of Morocco has once again been named the best in Africa for the first time since 2011,it is closely followed by the Ligue 1 championship of Tunisia and the 3rd spot in 2018 belongs to biggest climbers in this year’s classification,The super Ligue of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Congo’s Super League improved by 30 places in the recent IFFHS ranking.

The complete podium of African teams in 2018 by IFFHS appears as such;

1) Morocco (27th in the world with 511.5 points )

2) Tunisia (30th in the world with 499.5 points )

3)D.R.C ( 32nd in the world with 476.5 points)

4)Egypt (33rd in the world with 474.5 points)

5) Zambia(35th in the world with 441.5 points)

6)Sudan (45th in the world with 390 points)

7) Algeria (46th in world with 388.5 points)

8)South Africa (50th in the world with 376 points)

9)Angola (57th in the world with 351.5 points)

10)Cameroon (76th in the world With 273.5 points)

11) Nigeria (77th in the world with 271 points)

Surprisingly, some powerhouses in African football like; Senegal,Ghana,Ivory Coast didn’t have their Leagues amongst the best 80 leagues in the world.

Only 11 African Nations made IFFHS top 80 for 2018.The classification was done on the base of accumulated from clubs performance between 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018.

Esperance of Tunis represented Africa in the 2018 club world cup and could only finished in the 5th spot.

Bad management in African football accounts for the poor performance and rankings of some African Leagues.

Angu Lesley

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