The CAFCL Gazette Power Rankings is the best way to end 2020 and usher in the new year. We had established this ranking in April 2020 but Covid-19 happenned and football came to a halt. It is only right to resume it as we are in a new CAF Champions League season and most football leagues in Africa are back in action.
How does our power ranking work? The CAFCL Gazette Power Rankings considers a team’s recent form to reward teams in great form (obvious!). Our rankings also considers the quality of a team’s opposition. What do we mean? It accounts for better leagues, teams playing continental football and difference in quality between CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup. Lastly, we consider a team’s league ranking when tallying up the numbers. Oh yeah, we have a growing database of over 300 football clubs. Simple 😀
Even though it is early in the season, we see the usual suspects dominating our top 10. But there are a few “new” teams across the continent that have started the season well and are knocking on the top 10 door. Shout out to Swallows (South Africa), Saint Eloi Lupopo (DRC), KCB (Kenya) and Young Africans (Tanzania – they are not small but are not playing continental football).
10. MC Alger (50pts)
The “biggest club in Algeria” finally seem well put together and we hope it is not just phase where they are enjoying good form. MC Alger have already shown what they are capable of with their CAFCL First Round First Leg win over CS Sfaxien.
9. Etoile Sahel (52pts)
The goal for Etoile Sahel is the same as it has always been almost every season – to be better than Esperance Tunis for once. They have brought in a great coach in Jorvan Vieira (still no leftback though) and rightly favourites to win the CAF Confederation Cup.
8. Wydad Casablanca (53pts)
The new look Wydad may end up being just as good as the one we are used to. Simon Msuva and co have taken to life at the club and after a slow start to the season, Wydad are taking their rightful place in matters Botola and CAFCL. You know they will knock out Stade Malien!
7. Vita Club (54pts)
Vita Club have the same problem as Etoile Sahel. They are eternal second fiddle to a better team. It does not matter how great in form Vita Club seem to be, TP Mazembe is always doing better. At least give us a title race in DR Congo, guys.
6. Sundowns (55pts)
Sundowns have drawn almost as many PSL matches as they have won. They are having to deal with Gaston Sirino. And then there is that three coaches thing that we all know will not end well. Despite these issues, Masandawana are top of the league in South Africa and have a foot in the CAFCL Group Stage.
5. Esperance Tunis (64pts)
Esperance are also facing a lot of personnel issues. Abderrahamane Meziane is still not performing despite getting chances on his favoured left wing. The club’s assortment of strikers are yet to come good. They could not even score against Al Ahly Benghazi. Guess what? Esperance is still top in Tunisia.
4. ES Setif (64pts)
Nabil Kouki’s side have picked up from where they left last season. Many of us even feel that ES Setif should have been the second team to represent Algeria in the CAF Champions League. I guess the CAF Confederation Cup ain’t such a bad consolation price (if Etoile Sahel, Pyramids and RS Berkane allow it of course).
3. Al Ahly (65pts)
Ibrahim Hassan said any kit man can win the Egyptian Premier League with Al Ahly. Do you think that undermines the results that Pitso Mosimane is achieving in Cairo? Things have simply been too easy for the African champions in the last couple of months. We know they will always be close to the top of this ranking because they face little resistance in Egypt.
2. TP Mazembe (66pts)
TP Mazembe goes about their business quietly these days. And they are doing good business. They are in good form in the Linafoot and are also on course for another CAFCL Group Stage appearance.
1. Raja Casablanca (76pts)
Is Soufiane Rahimi the best player in Africa right now? Maybe. He and his team have made a superb start to the Botola season which has included a win over RS Berkane. They look a good bet for another deep run in the CAF Champions League as well.
Do you agree with the CAFCL Gazette Power Rakings for December 2020? Let us know on the comments section below.