Mamelodi Sundowns have moved into the top 100 in Otpa’s World Power Rankings after their impressive start to the 2023/24 campaign.
Masandawana have remained the highest-ranked African team, but have made great strides since our last update in September, when they were 132nd globally.
Rulani Mokwena’s men, who started the DStv Premiership with eight wins from eight games, and have also progressed to the African Football League final, currently have a rating of 81.4 in Opta’s Power Rankings, which include nearly 13,500 domestic football teams and provide team ratings across the entire global footballing ecosystem.*
Sundowns are 67 places ahead of Africa’s second-placed team, Al Ahly. The current CAF Champions League holders were knocked out of the African Football League semi-final by the South African side, who progressed 1-0 on aggregate.
Downs’ AFL final opponents, Wydad Athletic Club are third among the African teams and 208th overall.
Pyramids, in 249th, and Josef Zinnbauer’s Raja CA, in 260th, complete Africa’s top five in the Opta ranking, and you can see the top 10 below:
Opta Power Ranking explained:
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.