The Nigerian Premier League has been ranked as the strongest African league for 2012 while also occupying the 24th position in the world.
The classification was done by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFHHS) who assessed the performances of the clubs from January 1 to July 10th, 2012.
The IFHHS added points won in all continental competitions by the five best placed clubs of 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.
Giants are behind
Tunisia’s top flight, which has reigning African champions Esperance, is in second place in Africa and ranked 31st in the world.
The Ghana Premier League is in third place but tied on points with Morocco.
Mali, Algeria, Sudan and South Africa were ranked 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th respectively.
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.
Top ten African Leagues:
(1) Nigeria – 24th in the World
(2) Tunisia – 31st
(3) Ghana – 38th
(4) Morocco – 38th
(5) Mali – 40th
(6) Algeria – 41st
(7) Sudan – 44th
(8) South Africa -51st
(9) Egypt – 54th
(10) Cameroon- 58th