African club rankings: See where Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns are placed

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With the 2020/21 campaign now in full swing, African club rankings on the continent have since been revealed, with both Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates making significant moves, while struggling Kaizer Chiefs, who have shown no signs of progress since losing out on the league title at the end of last season, have plummeted down the list. 

The defending PSL champions Sundowns have now closed in on securing a top five spot, while Soweto giants Pirates have continued to make progress on the African rankings by leapfrogging their fiercest rivals Chiefs who are now close to dropping out of the top 20.

Masandawana, who are co-coached by Manqoba Mnqithi, Rulani Mokoena and Steve Komphela, and have for the longest time been ranked higher than any South African club, have moved from ninth position to number six. 

Pirates, who were for the longest time placed behind Chiefs in 18th spot, have now overtaken their nemesis Chiefs and have now made it to 16th place. It's no surprise to see the Buccaneers move up the rankings after they found their form again this season and have already booked their spot in the MTN8 cup final this season after eliminating Chiefs. 

Amakhosi have hugely been impacted by the transfer ban imposed by FIFA for the next two transfer windows, and their challenging start to their 2020/21 campaign, have seen them fall from 17th position to 19th.

According to the system on, here are the rankings of the top 20 clubs in Africa, as at November 2020:

1. Al Ahly - Egypt (1703 points)

2. Esperance de Tunis - Tunisia (1631 points)

3. TP Mazembe - Congo DR (1589 points)

4. El Zamalek - Egypt (1586 points)

5. Al-Merreikh - Sudan (1551 points)

6. Mamelodi Sundowns FC - South Africa (1547 points)

7. Al Hilal Omdurman - Sudan (1545 points)

8. Etoile du Sahel - Tunisia (1543 points)

9. CS Sfaxien - Tunisia (1519 points)

10. Vita Club - Congo DR (1517 points)

11. Wydad Casablanca - Morocco (1513 points)

12. Dynamos - Zimbabwe (1506 points)

13. 1º de Agosto - Angola (1506 points)

14. RCA Raja Casablanca Athletic - Morocco (1504 points)

15. Stade Malien Bamako - Mali (1490 points)

16. Orlando Pirates - South Africa (1476 points)

17. Djoliba AC - Mali (1463 points)

18. Coton Sport - Cameroon (1458 points)

19. Kaizer Chiefs - South Africa (1456 points)

20. Atletico Petro Luanda - Angola (1452 points)

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