When it comes to continental football in Africa, northern sides tend to dominate as compared to teams from other parts of the continent.
Following the CAF five-year Ranking system, which is based on the success of teams from various federations, the Moroccan Botola Pro was deemed the strongest league in Africa in 2021.
When it comes to seeding teams for continental competitions like the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup, Africa, unlike other continents, it uses a separate ranking system.
Here are the best leagues in Africa in 2022:
1. Botola Pro League
The Moroccan top flight league ranks as the best league in the whole of the African continent mainly due to its competitiveness, top class infrastructure, international players from all over the world.
Their respective teams have been performing very well in the continental competitions namely Wydad Casablanca who are always in the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League, Raja Casablanca won the 2021 CAF Confederation Cup and made this year’s CAF Champions League quarter-finals in the CAF Champions League and RS Berkane won the 2020 CAF Confederation Cup and they are currently in the semi-finals set to come up against African giants TP Mazembe.
Champions Wydad Casablanca have Congolese international Guy Mbenza on loan from the Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Royal Antwerp, it shows the stature of the league.
2. Egyptian Premier League
They boosts the most CAF Champions League titles with 26 trophies shared amongst Al Ahly and Zamalek, it can be more compared to the Spanish La Liga where the two best sides in the leagues have the most Champions League titles than any other league.
Al Ahly is the most successful team in African Club football,with the most Champions League trophies namely 10 more than any other side in the African continent.
The high profile player in the league is South African International Percy Tau signed from Barclays English Premiership League side Brighton & Hove Albion.
3. Ligue 1 Tunisia
A more tactical and disciplined league more like the Italian Serie A, they have top teams such as Esperance, Etoile du Sahel and CS Sfaxien.
4. DSTV Premiership League
The South African top flight league had 42 players from the league competing in the 2021 African Cup Of Nations tournament in Cameroon with countries like Malawi and Zimbabwe having more than 5 players according to Soccerway stats.
Mamelodi Sundowns is currently the best team in African Club football after Al Ahly and in this year’s CAF Champions League group stage games they famously defeated Al Ahly in both legs.
Masandawana set a record of gaining 16 points from the CAF Champions League group stages in the 2022 edition according to BBC football News.
Orlando Pirates are in the semi-finals of the 2022 CAF Confederation Cup after defeating Tanzanian giants Simba SC, last year another giant Kaizer Chiefs were in the finals of the CAF Champions League against Al Ahly.
The league can be compared to the German Bundesliga due to the dominance of one team.
5. Algerian Ligue 1
Have the best teams in the likes of ES Setif who are in the CAF Champions League semi-finals of the current edition, MC Alger and CR Belouizdad who are slowly but showly developing into a giant in the CAF Champions League more like Paris Saint Germain in France.