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Local teams sidelined again

Failure to participate in Confederation of African Football (Caf)- sanctioned competitions has seen local teams being excluded from the list of Africa’s elite clubs.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) President, Innocent Botoman, said it was sad that local clubs do not appear on the latest ranking, which Football Database has released.

Botoman admitted that failure to participate in Caf competitions was one the reasons for the exclusion of the Super League teams.

“Most of the local clubs struggle financially and cannot manage to participate in Caf competitions. But as Sulom, we are encouraging the clubs to take part in Caf competitions because such tournaments are a yardstick for African football,” Botoman said.

The rankings are calculated based on the importance of club competitions, home advantage, goal difference, match results and previous ranking.

Nyasa Big Bullets were the last Malawian team to participate in the Caf Champions League in 2014.

The People’s Team is still swimming in debts over that expensive and ill-conceived venture that saw Bullets host Al Hilal of Sudan and Fomboni from the Comoros Islands.

Malawian teams also have not participated in Caf Confederations Cup since the turn of the century.

Little wonder, the local league is still not recognised in the world.

The rankings released on April 30 include teams from neighbouring Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Angola.

Football Database ranking put Tunisian giants, Esperance de Tunis as Africa’s number one followed by Al Ahly (Egypt) and TP Mazembe (the Democratic Republic of Congo) on second and third positions, respectively.

Etoile du Sahel from Tunisia are positioned fourth whereas Vita Club of the DRC are on fifth place.

The list includes Mamelodi Sundowns (nine), Dynamos of Zimbabwe (13), Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum (26), Zesco United of Zambia on position 49 in Africa.

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