The Confederation of African Football is the largest in the world. It means it’s a very dynamic and exciting competition. As 2021 comes to an end, it’s time to check which national teams have excelled in 2021 and why.
CAF – Brief History
The Confederation was founded in 1957, in Sudan, by members from Sudan, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Egypt. Nowadays, 54 countries are part of this federation, which has five places in FIFA World Cups. Although the continent is yet to congratulate its first FIFA World Champion, CAF has some very strong national teams, which reflect high-level domestic leagues.
CAF’s ranking is pretty dynamic, though. Ghana has once been among the Top 5, but now it’s in eighth, right behind Cameroon. If you’re looking for the best odds on CAF’s matches, bet at 10bet Ghana. CAF has recently debuted its Women’s Champions League (CAF WCL), which promises to boost women’s soccer around the continent.
Best African Clubs
According to FIFA’s ranking, read below about the Top 7 CAF’s teams this year. Don’t miss a move with online sports betting Ghana.
#1 – Al-Ahly – Egypt
The Egyptian team from Cairo is finishing the year on the top of the list, unsurprisingly to anyone following the season. Al-Ahly seems to have learned from the two painful defeats in 2017 and 2018. Now, the Red Devils are heading to the third title in a row. No other team has ever achieved such a feat.
#2 – Esperance – Tunisia
After two invincible campaigns, Esperance earned its place among the top teams in 2018 and 2019. This team has a strong women’s squad, which is expected to rank high in the next competition.
#3 – Wydad Casablanca – Morocco
It’s been four years since Wydad Casablanca won the Champions League for the last time. In 2019, the Reds and Whites made it to the Champions League finals. This time, the team was defeated by an incredibly inspired Esperance.
#4 – Raja Casablanca – Morocco
Raja Casablanca is rising again after 15 years in limbo. Now, with two Confederation Cup titles on the belt, out of possible four, the Green Eagles look like a powerful contender again. In another awesome performance, the club won the Super Cup in 2019.
#5 – SC Zamalek – Egypt
The White Knights are still a power to reckon in the Champions League, although it hasn’t won a title for 19 years now. Anyway, the team won the Confederation Cup in 2019 and was in the last Champions League finals.
#6 – Mamelodi Sundowns – South Africa
Considered a superpower in the domestic scene, the South Africans aren’t that fearful on a continental level. Since its last title, the squad hadn’t achieved any expressive results in 2016. This season ended earlier for the South Africans after they lost to Al-Ahly.
#7 – TP Mazembe – Congo
The Ravens boast the impressive feat of figuring in ten CA finals in a row, from 2009 to 2018. It’s been three years since the team was in the finals last time. It’s still a strong squad, though.
#8 – RB Berkane – Morocco
The Orange Boys are an emerging power in the African scene. The team won the Confederation Cup in 2020 and has displayed a solid team every game. Fans are looking forward to the next reinforcements, like Ibenge, from Vita Club.
#9 – Horaya AC – Guinea
It might come as a surprise for some, but the H.A.C., despite not being in the finals for 43 years. The team managed to work its way up to the quarter-finals in the 2018-19 season. The H.A.C. won a General Eyadema Cup, also known as West African Clubs Championship, in 2009, and quite a few domestic titles.
#10 – ES Sahel – Tunisia
We haven’t seen The Star shining at a Champions League since 2007, although the squad has won a few titles meanwhile. Among them, there’s the Confederation Cup in 2015. Fans are looking forward to its maiden squad, which is expected to make it to the Super League.
National teams tend to follow the quality of their domestic leagues. So, most of the following Top 7 names on this list, provided by FIFA, won’t surprise attentive fans of African football.
- 1st place: Senegal
- 2nd place: Morocco
- 3rd place: Tunisia
- 4th place: Algeria
- 5th place: Nigeria
- 6th place: Egypt
- 7th place: Cameroon
CAF’s Champions League is a very exciting and varied competition. For this reason, it’s becoming one of the favourite competitions for sports punters around the continent and worldwide.