Times of Eswatini

Lindo in Africa’s top 10 league


MBABANE – Eswatini internatio­nal Lindo Mkhonta plays in one of the top 10 best leagues in Africa.

According to informatio­n sourced from www.citimuzik.com/, Zambia is the ranked 10th in Africa. This is where the former Young Buffaloes rightback, Mkhonta, is plying his trade. The former Malanti Chiefs defender plays for Zesco United, a team that reached the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League in 2016.

Mkhonta joined the ‘A-lister’ league last month where he signed a two-year contract with the Zambian side. Despite playing for the top 10 leagues in Africa, Mkhonta has not been named in the provisiona­l Sihlangu squad to face Cape Verde in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers. Notably, Mkhonta was the captain of the Dominic Kunene-led charges before he was dropped in the tentative squad.

The website refers to a ranking of the best-performing football leagues in the African continent, based on the performanc­e of the teams in various domestic and internatio­nal competitio­ns.

These rankings are compiled by organisati­ons such as the Internatio­nal Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) and are updated annually.

The top 10 strongest leagues are considered to be the elite of African football, showcasing some of the best talent and competitiv­eness the continent has to offer.

According to the latest rankings by the IFFHS, the top 10 strongest leagues in Africa in 2023 include top-ranked Egypt. Coming second is Algeria while Morocco is ranked third in Africa. The Sudan league is ranked fourth while Tanzania league is fifth.

The DStv Premiershi­p is ranked sixth. This is where most of local players usually play. Felix Badenhorst and Justice Figuareido were at some point playing for TS Galaxy.

The Angolan league, where Mbabane Highlander­s winger Bonginkhos­i ‘Manyovu’ Dlamini once played for Deportive Esperance is ranked seventh in Africa and is followed by the Tunisian league.

Reached for comment, FIFAAccred­ited

Agent Dingane Maduma said this was good for Eswatini.

“This means Eswatini is represente­d among the top 10 leagues in Africa. We are positive that he will make an impact and we will have more local players plying their trade among the best leagues in Africa,” said Maduma.

Meanwhile Mkhonta said he was honoured to play in the top10 leagues in Africa.

“This gives me a challenge to work extra hard knowing I’m playing in a competitiv­e league in Africa. My dream is that I play among the top 10 leagues in Africa until I retire. I wish to play in the DStv Premiershi­p, as it is also among the top 10 strongest leagues in Africa,” said Mkhonta.

Asked on his omission in the national team, he said he preferred not


CAF Champions League: 9 appearance­s

2008 – Last 32

2009 – Group stage (Top 8) 2011 – Last 16

2015 – Last 32

2016 – Semi-finals

2018 – Group stage (Top 16) 2019 - First Round

2020 - Group stage (Top 16) 2022 - Preliminar­y round

CAF Confederat­ion Cup: 6 appearance­s

2006 – First Round

2010 – First Round

2013 – Last 16

2014 – Second round

2017 – Quarter-finals

2019 – Group stage (Top 16)

Top ten leagues in Africa

1. Egypt

2. Algeria

3. Morocco

4. Sudan

5. Tanzania

6. South Africa

7. Angola

8. Tunisia

9. Nigeria

10. Zambia

to comment on the issue.

Zesco United are one team that are well-known in Africa, especially when it comes to continenta­l football.

ZESCO United Football Club (simply often known as ZESCO) is a Zambian profession­al football club based in Ndola in Zambia, that competes in the Zambia Super League.The team plays its home matches at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

The club is wholly owned and sponsored by the State-owned electricit­y supplier ZESCO.

ZESCO United was founded in 1974. They became the first Zambian club to qualify for the CAF African Champions League Group stage in 2009. ZESCO United also became the first Zambian Club this century to play against European opposition when they played against Zenit Saint Petersburg in Abu Dhabi in 2008.

They reached their first ever semi-finals of the CAF African Champions League in 2016.

 ?? (Courtesy pic) ?? Zesco United defender Lindo Mkhonta.
(Courtesy pic) Zesco United defender Lindo Mkhonta.

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