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No Super League outfit among 400 ranked African clubs

Tnm Super League clubs are still being excluded from Africa’s elite list of 400 ranked football clubs on the continent, The Daily Times has established.

The ranking was released on Monday by the world’s leading football club site, Football Data Base, based on the importance of club competitions from around the world, weighting of a match, home-team advantage, goal difference, expected result and previous ranking.

It seems failure to participate in international competitions has cost Malawian clubs, as teams from Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Africa are on the list.

In reaction, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Treasurer, Tiya Somba-Banda, said yesterday that his body was working hard to assist local clubs in commercialisation.

“The first step is to ensure that our clubs’ financial base is stable. The president [Innocent Bottomani] is championing the commercialisation of the game to ensure that the clubs have financial capacity to participate in Caf Club championships without hustles,” Somba-Banda said

The ranking was updated after matches played by August 8, 2016. Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, are the top ranked team in Africa followed by Tunisian giants, Etoile du Sahel, Esperance de Tunis and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) duo, TP Mazembe and Vita Club respectively.

Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are ranked 11th and 25th respectively. Dynamos of Zimbabwe are ranked 13th in Africa with FC Platinum and Highlanders on position 27 and 34 respectively (both from Zimbabwe).

Zambia’s Zesco United have been ranked 54th in the continent.

Green Buffaloes, Nkana FC and Red Arrows are ranked 208, 209 and 210 in that order.

A total of 454 teams have been ranked in Africa with Zambia’s National Assembly at the bottom of the table.

Former Bata Bullets and MTL Wanderers forward, Andrew Chikhosi, said the latest ranking shows that the local league is not progressing.

Premier Bet Wizards FC Technical Director, Peter Mponda, shared similar sentiments with Chikhosi, saying local clubs face many problems.

“We are still far. Every time, we hear that players are owed money by clubs,” Mponda said


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