Wednesday, February 05, 2014


npflThe Nigeria Professional football league has being ranked the fourth strongest league in Africa by by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) for the year 2013.

The NPFL is also rated 53rd strongest in the World below Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco who are 42nd, 46th and 47th respectively.

The rating, which was made public on IFFHS website,, also include, Mali in 5th place, with the heavily sponsored South African PSL in 6th. Algeria, Angola and Cameroon then followed in that order, with Nigeria’s West African neighbours, Ghana, in 10th position.

DR Congo, the home country of TP Mazembe, the first African team to play in the Final of the World Club Championships, did not also make it into the top 10 as they ended up (89) in 12th place.

Libya, who were crowned Champions at the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), a tournament for stars playing in their home countries, are nowhere to be found as they did not make it into the best 125 leagues in the world.

In the world, the Spanish Primera Division retain first place for the fourth year in a row while the English Premier League are in second place again. The German Bundesliga is third strongest league in the world.

The World ranking for the Strongest National Leagues has been determined annually by the IFFHS since 1991. 

The basis for picking determining which league is stronger include national tournaments (championship, FA Cup, League Cup) and (inter)continental tournaments (confederations and FIFA club competitions) results of the clubs.

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