Historic triumphs and photo finishes as African leagues conclude in dramatic fashion


As the curtains close on most African domestic football leagues, the excitement continues with some leagues approaching a nail-biting finale.

The competition for places in next season’s CAF Inter-club tournaments is fierce, with the top finishers and national cup winners set to earn prestigious spots. Here’s a look at the thrilling conclusions and ongoing battles in some of Africa’s premier leagues.

Algeria – Ligue 1

In Algeria, MC Alger claimed the Ligue 1 title, ending CR Belouizdad’s reign as champions. This marks MC Alger’s eighth championship victory, achieved through a stellar season where they amassed 65 points, finishing 12 points ahead of Belouizdad.

Their dominant performance ensures their participation in the next CAF Champions League, adding another feather to their illustrious cap.

Ghana – Ghana Premier League

The Ghana Premier League witnessed a historic moment as Samartex, in just their second season in top-flight football, clinched their maiden title. They finished the season with 61 points, creating a significant 10-point gap over runners-up Accra Lions.

Samartex’s remarkable ascent to the top has been a major talking point in Ghanaian football. Last season’s champions, Medeama, experienced a downturn, finishing in eighth place with 49 points.

Morocco – Botola Pro

Morocco’s Botola Pro delivered a thrilling conclusion, with the title race decided on the final day. Raja Casablanca emerged as champions, dethroning AS FAR Rabat. Raja’s emphatic 3-0 victory over MCO Oujda on the last day secured their title.

In a closely fought contest, they edged out FAR Rabat by just one point, despite FAR Rabat’s 2-0 win over FUS Rabat. The dramatic end underscored the competitive nature of Moroccan football.

Tanzania – Tanzania Premier League

In Tanzania, Young Africans, known as Yanga, successfully defended their Tanzanian Premier League title. They extended their record with a 31st league title, finishing the season 11 points ahead of second-placed Azam FC.

Both Azam and Simba SC ended the season on 69 points, but Yanga’s dominance was clear. This victory secures Yanga’s return to the CAF Champions League, affirming their status as a powerhouse in Tanzanian football.

South Africa – Premier Soccer League

Mamelodi Sundowns continued their dominance in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League by winning their seventh consecutive league title, bringing their total to 17 titles. This achievement further establishes Sundowns as the most successful club in South African league history.

Orlando Pirates, their fierce rivals and former African champions, secured second place, earning a spot in the next CAF Champions League.

Ongoing Races in Tunisia and Egypt

While some leagues have concluded, the battles in Tunisia and Egypt are still underway. In Tunisia’s Ligue 1, Esperance is leading the race, aiming to secure the championship. Meanwhile, in the Egyptian Premier League, Pyramids FC is at the forefront, striving to clinch the title.

As the season approaches its climax, African football showcases its vibrancy and competitive spirit. The thrilling conclusions and ongoing title races highlight the passion and intensity inherent in the continent’s leagues.

Every match and point is crucial as teams strive for glory and the honor of competing in the prestigious CAF Inter-club competitions, promising an exhilarating end to the football season.

Photo: CAF Online

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