Which is the best football club in Africa, and why is it the best?

Which is the best football club in Africa, and why is it the best?

Kevin Omuya
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:14 PM

Football is a major part of African culture and one of the few things that consistently brings its people happiness. There is constant competition for domination among African football nations; everyone is trying to oust the champion and bring smiles to the faces of the people back home. Therefore, let us look at the best football club in Africa.

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Top 10 best football clubs in Africa

Here are the ranked best football clubs in Africa. The clubs are ranked according to their achievements in major continental competitions.

10. ES Sahel (Tunisia)

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Tunisia's Etoile Sportive du Sahel players celebrate after their quarter-final Club World Cup football match in Tokyo, 09 December 2007. Photo: Ken Shimizu
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ES Sahel will be ranked among the best ten teams in the continent. The Superpowers from Tunisia have not triumphed in the Champions League since 2007 but took home the Confederations Cup in 2015.

9. AS Vita Club (DR Congo)

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Algerian team, ASO Chlef players, leave the pitch on April 8, 2012, after winning a CAF Champions League first round, second leg football match. Photo: Junior D. Kannah
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AS Vita Club was established in 1935 as a sports team in the Congo. The team has been around for a long time and has proven itself on the field by winning the Coupe du Congo nine times and the Linafoot 12 times.

8. Raja Casablanca (Morocco)

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Raja's forward Ben Malango (C) celebrates his goal in the CAF Champions League Quarter-final football. Photo: STR
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After 15 years from the pinnacle of African soccer, Raja Casablanca is again on the ascent, looking like a formidable force. They have won the Super Cup in 2019 and two Confed Cups in the past four years, including one versus JSK this month. The CAF Fifa rankings have Raja Casablanca at position eight. Raja is the best football club in west Africa.

7. TP Mazembe (DR Congo)

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TP Mazembe players celebrate with the trophy after winning the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final on November 6, 2016. Photo: Stringer
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The 10 Caf finals that Mazembe competed in between 2009 and 2018 solidified his status as a true African king. Even though they dropped out of the top five, it does not appear to hurt them too much in the CAF Fifa rankings since they have not returned to one.

6. Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

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Sundowns Brian Onyango (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his goal during the CAF Champions League second leg semi-final football match in Johannesburg on April 23, 2022. Photo: Phill Magakoe
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According to the 2023 ranking, Mamelodi Sundowns is a top 10 team. Sundowns is one of the top 10 wealthiest African football clubs, with a net value of 10.32 million Euros, and the best in South Africa.

South Africa's Sundowns are a strong force, but since Pitso Mosimane's departure, they have struggled to establish their footing elsewhere in the continent. On the other hand, South Africa also has the best female football club in Africa,

5. SC Zamalek (Egypt)

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Zamalek's players celebrate after scoring during the Egypt super cup football match on October 15, 2015, at Sheik Hazza Bin Zayed stadium in Al-Ain, UAE. Photo: Marwan Naamani
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According to our rankings, the SC Zamalek is the fifth greatest in the continent. El Zamalek has won the Egyptian Cup 22 times as one of Egypt's most successful teams. Furthermore, the team has won 11 League titles.

4. Al Hilal (Sudan)

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Al Hilal Omdurman players gather for a team photo ahead of the CAF Champions League match between Al Hilal Omdurman v Mamelodi Sundowns in Khartoum, Sudan, on March 19, 2022. Photo: Mahmoud Hajj
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Al Hilal is among Africa's ten richest football teams regarding financial stability. The Al-Hilal Stadium is one of the largest on the continent, with a capacity of 65,000, and is where the team plays its home games. Al Hilal has dominated the Sudan Premier League in the last nine years, winning seven trophies. Al Hilal is the best football club in east Africa.

3. Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)

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Wydad Casablanca's players celebrate with their trophy after winning the CAF Champions League final football match on November 4, 2017, at Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca.Photo: Fadel Senna
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The Moroccan team Wydad Casablanca is now third in the Premier League. Since its inception, the team has won 48 Sudan Premier League championships. The 2019 Champions League final was Wydad's second consecutive appearance. Even after being stunned by the Chiefs in the semifinals, they remain a serious threat in the Champions League. Wydad Casablanca is the best football club in North Africa.

2. Esperance de Tunis (Tunisia)

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Players of ES Setif celebrate after the CAF Champions League quarter-finals soccer match between Esperance Tunis and ES Setif in Tunis, Tunisia, on April 22, 2022. Photo: Yassine Gaidi
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Among the top 10 wealthiest African football clubs, Esperance de Tunis is a fixture. The Stade Olympique d'El Menzah in Esperance is considered one of the best stadiums. The team has won the Arab Club Championship Cup and the Arab Super Cup.

The Tunisian club Esperance has won its domestic league a record 26 times and has been named continental Champions. They have also been crowned champions of the Tunisian Cup on fourteen occasions and the Tunisian Super Cup on two occasions.

1. Al Ahly (Egypt)

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Al-Ahly's players celebrate after scoring a second goal during the Egypt super cup football match at Sheik Hazza Bin Zayed stadium in Al-Ain, UAE. Photo: Marwan Naamani
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After their fourth consecutive Champions League title, Ahly's ascension to the top of the table appeared inevitable. Aside from being the most successful football club in the world, Al Ahly was voted the continent's Club of the Century in 2000. Al Ahly is the best football club in central Africa.

Al Ahly SC of Egypt remains the best football club in Africa and ranks 19th in the world, according to the most recent IFFHS soccer ranking. They have dominated continental soccer and produced some of Europe's best players.

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Kevin Omuya
Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.