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DeMbare lose world top spot

The Glamour Boys who tumbled out of the African Safari after going 3-0 down to Algeria’s MC Alger in the ill-tempered match first round, second leg match are also losing their grip on the World Club Ranking.

DeMbare are going down like a slalom skier – dropping 51 places on the World Club Ranking to 206. The World Club Ranking –a top 400 club ranking is compiled by the Germany based International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) ranked DeMbare the ninth best club on the continent late last year, which saw the club being given a preliminary round bye in the Champions League this year.
However, the DeMbare Class 2011 – still wet behind the ears found the going tough in the Champions League – a competition, which they club, reached the group stages in 2007 and 2010. The Class of 1998 under Sunday Chidzambwa even reached the final of the Champions League.

The Glamour Boys were once ranked by CAF as a stronger football club than all the mega-rich teams of the South African Premiership and all the clubs in Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana, Senegal and Morocco.

But the script is changing on the World Club Ranking as clubs like minnows in the Champions League Zambia’s Zesco United who are now ranked better than the Glamour Boys. The Zambia side was once ranked 209 on the globe have moved to 185. Nigeria’s Enyimba who had inferior global ranking compared to DeMbare are also on the rise. The team moved from position 159 to 150.

Dynamos are likely to take another knock on the World Club Ranking when the Champions League reaches the groups stages in the coming weeks. Following the second round matches, Egypt’s Al Ahly is currently the number 1 team in Africa eclipsing the tournament (Champions League) defending champions TP Mazembe who are now in second place. Ahly are ranked 76 on the World Club Ranking after dropping six four places down the ladder to 76. Mazembe dropped nine places down to 82.

The IFFHS World Club Ranking is compiled based on the team’s performances in tournaments such as the UEFA Champions League. UEFA Europa League, African Champions League and CONCACAF Champions League. Clubs in the elite league garner more points for a win and draw compared to African teams who only take part in the Champions League.

Competitions not organized by a continental confederation, or any intercontinental events not recognised by FIFA, are not taken into consideration for the Club World Ranking.

The ranking is a precise classification showing the real level of the clubs free of any subjective influence. It is the result of a profound analysis that allows to fairly report the level of international performance for each country.

The World Club Ranking is currently led by Barcelona, who displaced Inter Milan, following their storming performance in the Champions League. Barca are set to meet Manchester United in the final on May 28.


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