In football the kind of achievement a team could muster or garnered is what engraved such team name in the footballing folklore as one of the best.
Over the years the footballing world has seen African teams achieved resounding success both locally and internationally in terms of winning trophies.
That said, the question now is who are the most successful teams in Africa in terms of trophies won both locally or internationally?
10 Of The Most Successful Teams In Africa
Al Ahly – (Egypt, Trophies 90)
The most successful team in Africa is Al Ahly an Egyptian club based in Cairo with a record 42 national league titles, 37 cup titles and 11 super cup trophies making them the most successful and decorated club in Africa and second in the world behind Real Madrid.
The dominance of the Reds in the CAF Champions League could be equated to that of Real Madrid in the biggest club football competition with a total of 13 titles which stands them out as the king of the competition. Al Ahly on the other side has been able to win a record 10 CAF Champions League titles achieving a back to back success under the tutelage of their South African gaffer Pitso Mosimane.
The Egyptian giant aren’t just known for their resounding dominance on the continent of Africa they were able to achieve great recognition due to their international achievement winning two bronze medals at the FIFA Club World Cup a feat an African team has not been able to achieve.
Esperance De Tunis – (Tunisia, Trophies 60)
When talking about a fantastic African football teams that could hold their own against some of the finest teams in Africa and the world Esperance is no doubt one of those teams.
Like Al Ahly, Esperance are the most successful team in Tunisia with a total of 60 trophies won since the club was founded in 1919 which ranks them as one of the best team on the continent.
Esperance won the Tunisian top-flight diadem back to back in the last five seasons, although crashing out in the semi finals of the CAF Champions League to the hands of Al Ahly was a painful exit for the Blood and Gold in their quest to win their fifth champions league in 2021.
Asante Kotoko – (Ghana, 59 Trophies)
The biggest club in Ghana formed in 1935 is no doubt one of the most iconic team in the Ashanti region having won the CAF Champions League twice and other major trophies on the continent.
The Porcupine has won a record 24 Ghanaian top-flight titles, one GFA Committee Special competition, nine FA Cup, three Ghana super cup amongst other trophies. Kotoko is one of the darling African teams on the continent in some years back with quite a number of fantastic players that could stand toe-to-toe with the best legs in football.
They may not be turning the heads of their fans on the continent with mouthwatering performances for now, however what they’ve been able to achieved in the past put them on the same pedestal with the teams who are quite successful in Africa.
Zamalek – (Egypt, 39 Trophies)
Another scintillating Africa team on these list is Zamalek, one of the finest side in the Egyptian league with a total of 39 trophies won since the club was founded in 1911 and they also hold an interesting record as one of the club that has never been relegated in Egypt.
Aside from been an arch rival of fellow Egyptian side Al Ahly, Zamalek is also regarded as the most decorated African club of the 20th century having won some of the major trophies on the continent and outside the four walls of Africa.
With the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup set to commence soonest watch out for the White Knight as they would be going head to head with other top teams on the continent in their quest to take up the reign from there rival Al Ahly.
TP Mazembe – (Congo, 38 Trophies)
The Ravens as they’re popularly called has been the most consistent West Africa side in terms of competing toe-to-toe with the North Africans teams both in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup on the continent in the last five years.
TP Mazembe is the most successful club in Congo with a total of 17 Linafoot Championship, five Coupe du Congo, and three Congo super cup. Aside from been a champions in their country they’re also well revered in the CAF competitions winning it back to back in 2010 and 2011 and going further to win their fifth in 2015 against USM Alger of Algeria.
With a total of 38 trophies won the Ravens are also listed as one of the most successful teams in Africa for their great achievement in their league on the continent and outside Africa.
Raja Club Athletic – (Morocco, 38 Trophies)
Raja Club Athletic is another great side from the North Africa region who plays their football in the Moroccan Botola division one with other brilliant side in the league.
The Green Devil achieved great success in the CAF Confederations Cup this year by clinching their second title in the competition having defeated JS Kabylie in the final to add to their trophy cabinet a feat which cemented their pedigree as one of the finest.
Been ranked as the 10th best club globally in 2000 due to their 2000 FIFA Club World Cup performances says a lot about their pedigree as one of the most consistent team on the continent of Africa.
Canon Yaounde – (Cameroon, 26 Trophies)
Cameroon’s greatest side of the late 1970s and early 1980s also make these list as one of the finest teams in Africa. In those years mentioned above Canon were no doubt the darling team of African football parading great players like Thomas Nkono, Theophile Abega, Jean Eboue, Ephrem Mbom, and Gregoire Mbida that took them to the pinnacle of success.
The Red and Green Tornado won a total of 12 Cameroonian cup titles, 10 national championship, three African champions cup and one African cup winners cup to engraved their name in the folklore of African football.
They might not be turning heads right now but it would be quite difficult for some teams in Cameroon to equal what they’ve achieved in their history as the best club in Cameroon.
JS Kabylie – (Algeria, 26 Trophies)
Winning the CAF Confederations Cup back to back to back in 2000 to 2002 says a lot about their greatness on the continent of Africa. Kabylie won 14 league and one Algeria super cup titles to be name the most successful team in Algeria.
With what they achieved in the past the Yellow & Green triple crown is yet to be repeated in either the CAF Champions League or Confederation Cup as they firmly engraved their name amongst the continent’s all time great sides in the history of club football.
It would be quite interesting to see them launch an assault on the Champions League once again this season.
Hafia FC – (Guinea, 15 Trophies)
Hafia FC dominance in the 70s would forever be remembered as Guinea’s greatest club to ever grace the pitch of play with amazing players like Souleymane Cherif, Petit Sory, Papa Camara, Maxime Camara, Mamadou Aliou Keita, N’Jo Lea, Morcire Sylla, Bengaly Sylla, and Ousmane Tolo Thiam who took them to pinnacle of Africa football with swashbuckling football.
The Green and White dominance isn’t just on the continent, they also achieved a resounding success at home by winning 15 titles and four Guinea coupe nationale titles a great feat that qualifies them to make these list.
It would be quite difficult to experience what the side brought to the table back in the 70s in terms of their style of play, quality, consistency and the knack to win right now. However, that doesn’t take anything away from their greatness as one of the finest team the continent of Africa ever produced.
Enyimba FC – (Nigeria, 14 Trophies)
Enyimba of Aba are considered the most successful team in Nigeria having consistently compete well on the home front and on the continent. The People’s Elephants of Aba has won the CAF Champions League title twice, eight NPFL titles and four federation cup which no club in Nigeria has been to equal.
They may not have won any CAF competitions recently but they often do well to compete against best sides on the continent reason why they often remain Nigeria’s best representative on the continent when they’re involved in the competition.
With the 2020-21 NPFL league campaign concluded quite a number of fans would be looking forward to see what they would bring to the table in the tournament these time around based on what they’ve been able to garnered at the event in the past.