Nigeria's Premier League rated Africa's best
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
INSPITE of the low rating it is enjoying back home and the various problems surrounding it, Nigeria's Premier League has been ranked as the best in Africa and the 24th best in the world.
Last season, Nigeria made history as the country with the longest league season in the world after the 2010/11 season was held for almost one year, no thanks to internal crisis that rocked the leadership of the NPL board as well as the sponsorship brouhaha.
However, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) assessed the performances of the Nigerian clubsides from January 1 to July 10, 2012 and concluded that it was the best in the continent
The IFHHS added points won in all continental competitions by the five best placed clubs in the Nigerian Premier League.
Last month, two Nigerian clubs Enyimba FC and Sunshine Stars were named in the 2012 top ten club rankings for Africa.
Tunisia's top flight, which has reigning African champions Esperance, is in second place in Africa and ranked 31st in the world while the Ghana Premier League is in third place but tied on points with Morocco.
With no competition taking place in Egypt since January 2012, the country's Premier League is ranked 9th on the continent despite having two clubs in the CAF Champions League.