There are a lot of sports played in the African soils, none of which were originally created or invented in Africa. From Basket ball, Base ball, Football, Hand ball, Hockey, Golf, Tennis, Volley among others. But none has delved deep into the hearts and souls of Africans like Football.
African has seen and produced numerous soccer stars. The likes of the legendary Jay Jay Okocha, Samuel Eto, Didie Drogba and many others.
The joy of the game, the energy flow, the skill display, the spirit of the game and the connection it brings people from diverse race, ethnicity and cultures makes the game a desirable one to watch and participate in.
This has sparked and heightened the ever growing interests and demand of young stars and teenagers irrespective of their genders on Football, to make a life of it.
But like many would erroneously think ” for your football aspirations and career to thrive, you must be outside the shores of Africa”. This is indeed not true and in fact proven wrong seeing that African International Football clubs pay their players commensurately well.
So for talented African football players hoping to advance their career from the grassroots star to an international professional player, taking the path and accepting a timely contract of any of these international African football clubs could be your first step to stardom. But before you proceed, it is best the arm yourself with vital knowledge of some of the best clubs in Africa, where to find them and their track records to help navigate your choice. here is a list of the top 10 African clubs you will love in no particular order.
Here is a list of the top 10 African clubs you will love in no particular order.
Raja, derived from the Arabic word meaning “hope”, was founded in 1949 and is currently the most known club outside Morocco. It was ranked third by CAF as top clubs of the decade. Raja has lifted the trophy of the Morrocan Domestic Title 10 times. They were the first African club to participate in the FIFA World Club Championships in 2000 in Brazil.
2.TP Mazembe (Congo DR)
Tout Puissant Mazembe, formerly knowns as Englebert, is probably the highest ranked African football club. The Congolese club is based in Lubumbashi and plays their games in the Stade TP Mazembe located along the Kalamondo suburbs. TP Mazembe has an annual revenue of about €14 million. The attendance is 18,000.
3. Esperance De Tunis (Tunisia)
Founded in January !919, Esperance Tunis have played at Stade Olimpique d’el Menzah and have won The Tunisian League 26 times, the Tunisian Cup 14 times, and the Tunisian Super Cup twice. Adding to their Resume of trophies are two CAF Championship Leagues, two Arab Club Championship Cups, and an Arab Super Cup.
4. Al-Merrikh (Sudan)
Al- Merrikh Sudan is an Omdurman based Sudanese football club who play at Al-Merrikh Stadium – locally popular as the Red Castle. The club is one of the oldest in the whole of Africa and has won the Sudan Premier League 18 times. Al-Merrikh was founded in 19-8 and was the first club to win the Sudan football championship in 1934.
5. El Zamalek (Egypt)
El Zamalek is an Egyptian football club based in Giza. They have 22 won Egyptian Cups, 11 League titles, 5 CAF Champions League titles and 3 CAF Super Cups as well as an African Cup Winners Cup.
6. Dynamos (Zimbabwe)
Dynamos Football Club was formed in 1963 after a merger of Harare Township and Rhodesia. Since then they’ve won 15 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League titles and the Cup of Zimbabwe five times.
7. El Ahly (Egypt)
El Ahly means “The National” in English. the Egyptian football club was founded in April 1907. In 2000, it was named the Africa club of the century by CAF. Al Ahly has 126 official trophies- 19 international and 107 domestic. The 19 international trophies make Al-Ahly the most successful football club on the planet earth, better than AC Millan and Boca Juniors.
8. Al Hilal Omdurman (Suban)
THis is another Sudanese football club. It was founded in February 1930 and is based in Omdurman.hey have won the Sudan Premier League 7 times in the last 9 seasons alone and have been crowned champions of the competition 27 times in total.
9. AS Vita Club (Congo DRC)
Associated Sportive Vita Club is a Congolese football club based in Kinshasa. As Vota was founded in 1935 and have since gone on to win the Linafoot 12 times and Coupe de Congo nine times.
They have also won the Challenge Papa Kalala twice and were crowned Champions of the African Cup of Champions Club in 1973.
10. Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa)
They are the “Amakhosi”, Chiefs, or Lords of the South African football. The Kaizer Chiefs play at soccer city in Soweto also known as FNB Stadium. They’ve won the Premiere Soccer League thrice, the National Soccer League thrice and Africa Cup Winners once.
We wish you the best in your chosen team, as you enjoy African football at its very best.