Nigeria missing in top 20 African clubs


Nigerian clubs are nowhere to be found in the latest ranking of top football clubs on the continent.

According to a survey released on Monday by statistical website, FootballDatabase, the ratings are calculated based on the importance of club football competitions from around the world.

It also weighs the kind of match, home team advantage, goal difference in the match result, expected result of the match and previous ranking, among other factors.

And shockingly no Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club could even make it into the top 20 in Africa and just three were considered for the top 50.

Champions, Enyimba, who are on the brink of another elimination in the CAF Champions League, are placed 24. The other two are Enugu Rangers (43) and Warri Wolves (49).

The rating highlights the country’s steady decline in Africa’s elite club competitions – CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Enyimba’s triumph in 2003 and 2004 was the last time a Nigerian side came close to winning any of the tournaments.

South African side, Mamelodi Sundowns, are top followed by Tunisian duo, Etoile du Sahel and Esperance.

Record eight-time African champions, Al Ahly, could only settle for seventh, two spots above city rivals, Zamalek, in ninth.