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Downs Africa’s Highest-Ranked Team, Pirates In Top 10

Mamelodi Sundowns have remained the highest-ranked club in Africa and have climbed 32 spots worldwide, while Orlando Pirates are sitting in eighth position among the African teams in the Opta’s global team rankings.

The Opta Power Rankings include nearly 13,500 domestic football teams and provide team ratings across the entire global footballing ecosystem. It allows to compare teams in different countries or continents to inform decisions on a comparable scale. 

The Opta Power Rankings rank teams on a scale between zero and 100, where zero is the worst-ranked team in the world and 100 is the best team in the world (currently Manchester City). The Power Rankings are updated daily and currently rank teams from 183 different countries and 413 unique domestic leagues, providing a truly global rating system in men’s football.

A teams’ rankings is determined by its results in domestic and international tournaments but also the strength of the respective competitions.

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In our last update in May, Sundowns were leading the ranking ahead of Al Ahly and Wydad and the situation has remained despite Masandawana missing out on the CAF Champions League final.

Rulani Mokwena’s side sit first spot on the continent and 132nd globally, while Al Ahly are in second and 179th worldwide, with Wydad Athletic Club in third on the continent and 231st globally.

Moroccan sides, FAR Rabat and Raja Club Athletic complete Africa’s top five, ahead of Pyramids from Egypt and another Moroccan team in FUS Rabat.

Top 10 teams in Africa [Opta]:

  1. Mamelodi Sundowns (132 globally)
  2. Al Ahly (179) 
  3. Wydad AC (231)
  4. FAR Rabat (252)
  5. Raja Casablanca (264)
  6. Pyramids (294) 
  7. FUS Rabat (312)
  8. Orlando Pirates (373) 
  9. Simba (417)
  10. Young Africans (419)
David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.