Check out the list of the best leagues in Africa 2020. Africa keeps growing when it comes to football, and our local leagues are getting more interesting, accumulating more and more fans and league. While almost all African countries can boast of their own local football league today, some, indeed, are better than others. Football is more embraced in some other Africa countries than in others. Some local leagues are more matured than others - in terms of supporters, in terms of sponsors, coverage, publicity, and so on.
Here we will discuss the top 10 best leagues in Africa. Below are the list.
1. The Tunisia Professional League
The Tunesian League Professionnelle 1, founded in June 1907, is the highest league in the soccer league system in Tunisia. It only happened between five teams in its early years, two of which were school teams! With the founding of LTF (Ligue Tunisienne de Football) in 1921, which is actually a Tunisian football association, the professional league became official. There are currently 16 teams in the Tunisian Professionnelle 1 League, and Espérance de Tunis is the most successful and most awarded team in terms of titles won in the league so far (29 titles). There is only one trophy specified in the Tunisian professional league, and that is the Tunisian Cup. If a team is relegated from the Tunisian Professionnelle 1 league, they must compete in Ligue Professionnelle 2, which is actually the second stage in the Tunisian soccer league system. The other top clubs in the Tunisian Professionnelle 1 League except Espérance de Tunis are the Africain Club, Etoile Sportive du Sahel, the Athletic Club Bizertin and the Sportfive Club Sfaxien, which were founded in 1920, 1925 and 1928 (for the last two). Among the best Tunisian clubs, only Club Africain and Espérance de Tunis with a capacity of 60,000 have the largest stadium in Tunisia.
2. The Egyptian Premier League
The Egyptian Premier League was founded in October 1948 and is one of the best professional soccer leagues in Africa. 18 teams competed in the Egyptian Professional League, including Al-Ahly, one of the most successful clubs in Egypt and the most complete soccer club in the world. 118 trophies have been won so far, both domestically and intercontinental. Two home trophies were identified in the Egyptian Premier League: the Egyptian Cup and the Egyptian Super Cup. The top scorer in the history of the Egyptian Premier League is Hassan El Shazli, the former striker of Tersana, with 173 goals. Egypt's second division ranks after the Egyptian Premier League in the soccer league system in Egypt. This means that the relegated team from the Egyptian Premier League will definitely have to compete with Egypt's second division. An interesting fact about the Egyptian Premier League is that all participating clubs can participate in the Egyptian Cup, but only one club - the winner of the championship title - can participate in the Egyptian Super Cup. The Egyptian Premier League is also one of the best African leagues, even the third highest African league according to the CAF's 5-year ranking for the 2019-20 season.
3. The Botola Pro 1 (Morocco)
Morocco's top league, Botola Pro 1, also known as Botola 1 or Botola, is fought over by the top 16 Moroccan clubs who are actually shareholders in the professional league. Botola Pro 1 is actually a company and is sponsored by Maroc Télécom, the main telecommunications company in Morocco. After 2019, the Maroc Télécom logo will no longer be included in the professional league logo. In terms of audience, Botola Pro 1 ranks first among African leagues: the Moroccan league is currently at the highest level broadcast in 153 regions in front of 2 billion spectators. The average number of visitors (more than 25,000) is higher in the 2010/11 season than in other African leagues. In the same season, Botola Pro 1 was named the best African league with 511 points - 27th place in the list of the best leagues in the world - according to IFFHS ranking. There is only one home trophy in Morocco's top league, the Coupe du Trône (Moroccan Throne Cup). The most successful team in Botola Pro 1 is Wydad Casablanca with 20 championship titles and 9 previously won the Moroccan cup. The next level in the pyramid of the Moroccan football league after Botoloa Pro 1 is Botoloa 2; This means that the team leaving Botola 1 will definitely have to participate in Botola 2.
4. The Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1
One of the oldest soccer leagues in Africa, known by several names! Names like Championnat National de Premiere, often abbreviated as Championnat National 1, Championnat d'Algérie D1 Nedjma 2009, Ligue Professionnelle 1 Nedjma from 2010 to 2014 - the name 'Nedjma' comes from the Kuwaiti telecommunications company, Nedzhma, which sponsors the professional league Nedjma 2009, Ligue Professionnelle 1 Nedjma from 2010 to 2014 - the name 'Nedjma' comes from the Kuwaiti telecommunications company, Nedzhma, which sponsors the professional league, Nedjma 2009, Ligue Professionnelle 1 and from 2014 Ligue Professionnelle 1 Mobilis again, also for sponsorship reasons. The easiest way to treat a professional league in Algeria is to call it League 1. The first division was founded in 1904 and officially in 1962 when Algeria was declared an independent state. Ligue 1, along with other leagues, Algeria Professionnelle 2 or Ligue 2, are the top two leagues in the Algerian football league system with relegation and promotion in between. In fact, the top three League 2 clubs go up to League 1 every season, and the three clubs at the bottom of the League 1 table advance to League 2. There are 16 clubs in each league and the most successful club in the league wins the title. JS Kabylie in Ligue 1 with 14 titles and USM Bel-Abbès in Ligue 2 with 5 titles. The best goalscorer in League 1 history is Mohamed Mesaud with 107 goals.
5. The Vodacom Football Ligue 1
Finally, the attention is out of North Africa. Next on the list is the top division of the Congolese Association Football Federation. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country that has set out to invest in football is now reaping a lot of rewards from the existing game. We should add that league is not only one of the best in Africa, but also one of the oldest from the continent is (created back then in 1958). The league can boast of having a big and successful club like Vita Club.
6. The Sudanese League (Sudan)
The Sudanese Premier League was founded in 1965 and is the highest league in the Sudanese soccer league system. It consists of only two tires: the first layer is the Sudanese Premier League, and the second consists of regional leagues, including the playoffs. The teams will be promoted to Sudan's top league. 17 teams compete in the Sudanese Premier League, where the Al-Hilal Club is the most successful with 27 titles. Please do not confuse the Al-Hilal Club with Al-Hilal SFC, an association in Saudi Arabia. Besides the Sudanese Premier League, there are two other leagues, the South Sudan Premier League and the South Sudan Football Championship, which belongs to South Sudan, an independent country that gained independence from Sudan in 2011. The first season at the premiere in the South Sudan League began in 2013 with only 10 teams participated. There is only one home trophy in the professional league, the S.S.D. Super Cup.
7. ASBA Premier Soccer League (South Africa)
The South African Premier Division, also known as the Absa Premiership and Premier Division, was founded in 1996 and is the highest level championship in the South African Football League system. 16 teams competed in the South African professional league and at the end of each season only two of them were relegated to the minor league, the National First Division. The team at the bottom of the top league table is automatically replaced by the national first league champion, and the team that ranks 15th in the top league table goes to team 2 against position 2 and 3 of the second league category in the playoffs. The winner will have a top class place in the league next season. The dominant club in the South African premier league since it was founded was the Mamelodi Sundones with 9 titles won. The top scorer in professional league history is retired striker Siabonga Nomvethe with 111 goals. There are two national trophies in the South African professional league, namely the Nedbank Cup and MTN 8. The Premier Division was contested by 18 teams until the 2001/02 season, where two teams, namely Ria Stars and Free State Stars, were disbanded, to avoid excess fittings.
8. The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL)
Other African leagues with several names have been known as the Nigerian Premier League (2003 to 2013 and 1993 to 2000), the Nigerian Premier League (2000 to 2003) and the Nigerian Professional League (1990 to 1993). Whatever its name, the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) has been the highest soccer league in Nigeria since it was founded in 1972. The Professional League is contested by 20 teams and 4 teams playing each season in the Nigerian National League and 3 who qualify for the Champions League CAF (first two teams) and CAF Confederations Cup (next third team). In the Nigerian League, three national trophies are determined for the highest level: the Nigerian FA Cup, the Nigerian Super Cup and Super 4 (Nigeria), the last to be played between four teams from Nigeria in the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup. . The two most successful teams in the Nigerian professional league are Enyimba and Rangers International, with the first to win 8 NPFL titles and 8 Nigerian trophies and 7 second NPFL titles and 7 Nigerian trophies.
9. The Ligue 1 (Ivory Coast)
Known as Ivory Coast MTN Ligue 1, the country of France has one of the best leagues on the continent which was founded in 1960. Interestingly, Ivory Coast produces a variety of African stars who have done several services that do business in Europe (such as Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalu, Yaya Toure, Emanuel Abu, etc.).
10. The Malian Premier Division
Tenth place is Mali's top football division, which was founded in 1966. He has been a professional since 2004 and is overseen by the Mali Football Association. Because the official sponsor is Orange, the official name of the Ligue 1 League is Orange Mali and operates from December to the end of August. Unlike various African leagues, Mali consists of fourteen clubs and it is the champion representing the country in the Betis Champions League. Despite the challenges, the league remains one of the best on the continent.
In short, it should be noted that some other African leagues are also doing well and will also be very big next year with the right sponsors and may be included in the list of the top ten leagues in Africa.
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