The country’s top-flight football league, the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has once again not made it among 125 national football leagues ranked by influential International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). Fifa recognises the Germany-headquartered IFFHS as an authority on football statistics.
The body also rates best clubs, national teams, coaches and players through voting by experts such as researchers across the world. IFFHS is the only body that ranks leagues and, the latest results reflect football activity between January 1 2013 and December 31.
The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and Sulom had not responded to questionnaires as we went to press. Sulom did not make it due to local clubs’ lack of participation in CAF Champions League, Confederations Cup and with it Fifa Club Championship and CAF Super Cup (a meeting between cup winners and league winners). The absence of a local Super Cup also cost Malawi a place on the rankings whose African top-ranked league is Tunisia’s and Rwanda’s league is the least rated. Domestic leagues are rated based on results from the cup quarter-finals.
Tunisia is number one in Africa, but 51st in the world followed by 46th-rated Egypt then Nigeria (53), Mali (58) and South Africa (61). Angola takes 64th world seat, Zambia (96), Zimbabwe (97), Mozambique (116) and Tanzania (118). “This ranking is intended to establish among all domestic and continental competitions the strongest team of the year in the World. It is set by the sum of all weighted points in each competition from January to December. “This ranking does not give bonuses for exceeding a round or winning a competition.
Each competition has its own value, according to the IFFHS rules, fixed by the IFFHS Executive Committee,” wrote www.iffhs.de. The world rankings for the strongest national leagues has been determined annually by IFFHS since 1991 on the basis of all national (domestic league and cup) and intercontinental (confederation and Fifa club competition) results of all clubs. Spain’s La Liga is the strongest league in the world, according to the IFFHS, with the English Premier League second and German Bundesliga third.