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Top 10 African football clubs with largest fan base

Top 10 African football clubs with largest fan base
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Here are the Top 10 African football clubs with largest fan base as Al Ahly of Egypt leads the way according to social media data.

According to a our research carried out on various social media, we will list the most popular football clubs in African according to their fan base.

It should be noted that there is a difference between social media fan base and general fan base. This is so because not all fans of a club can be found on social media as not everyone embraces social media.

The list of the Top 10 African football clubs with largest fan base goes by;

1. AL AHLY

Who else would top the list apart from the Red Devils? Al Ahly have around 33 million followers across social media platforms, making it Africa’s most-followed club. The club plays at the 75,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium.

Al Ahly have won more than 115 trophies in their history, only behind Real Madrid in football history when it comes to officially recognized major titles.

The trophy haul includes 42 Egyptian Premier Leagues, 23 continental titles (including 10 CAF Champions leagues, the most in history).

Al Ahly was named as the Club of the Century by CAF in 2001 and have never been relegated in their history.

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2. KAIZER CHIEFS

Nicknamed the “Amakhosi”, Kaizer Chiefs are the most supported club in Southern Africa with most of their fans in South Africa and the neighboring counties. Kaizer Chiefs boast of more than 40 million fans (with 6 million followers on social media), making them the most supported club in sub-Saharan Africa. Their stadium has a 94,000 capacity.

The club have won more than 50 trophies, which included 12 league titles.

3. ZAMALEK FC

Zamalek are Al Ahly’s fiercest rivals. Both clubs play their home matches at the Cairo International Stadium which has 75,000 capacity.

Zamalek are the second most supported club in Egypt. The club have around 13 million followers on social media platforms. They have won the Egyptian Premier League 13 times and CAF Champions League 5 times.

Nicknamed the “White Knights”, the club was founded 111 years ago and enjoyed its most successful era in the 1990s.

4. RAJA CASABLANCA

Officially named Raja Club Athletic but popularly known as Raja Casablanca, the club’s stadium has a 67,000 capacity. It recorded 110,000 attendance in 1997. Raja have 7 million followers across social media platforms and is one of the world’s best Ultras among its supporters.

The club enjoyed a memorable era of success in the 1990s and have won the Moroccan Botola League 12 times and CAF Champions League three times.

Raja reached the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013, losing to European champions, Bayern Munich.

5. ESPERANCE SC

Tunisia’s most successful and oldest club side, was founded 103 years ago. Esperance have won the Tunisian league a record 31 times and have won the CAF Champions League four times.

The Blood and Gold won 3 CAF Champions League trophies in the last 10 years. They are the most supported club in Tunisia.

6. WYDAD CASABLANCA

Officially named Wydad Athletic Club, Wydad Casablanca are the fiercest rivals of Raja Casablanca, with both competing in the very intense Casablanca Derby. Wydad have won the Moroccan Botola League a record 21 times and the CAF Champions League twice. They play at a 67,000 capacity stadium, sharing it with Raja.

Wydad are one of the most supported clubs in Morocco, Africa and the Arab world, boasting more than 3 million followers across various social media platforms.

7. TP MAZEMBE

Tout Puissant Mazembe, popularly called TP Mazembe are the most successful football club in Congo. They have won 38 major trophies, which includes 19 league titles and 5 CAF Champions League titles. The Ravens are supported by most Congolese people. Their home stadium has a 18,500 capacity.

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8. ORLANDO PIRATES

Orlando Pirates play at the 37,139 capacity Orlando Stadium. They are one of the most supported clubs in South Africa, boasting more than 4 million followers on social media.

Pirates have won more than 33 trophies, which included nine league titles. They won the CAF Champions League in 1995, becoming the first-ever South African club becoming the first-ever South African club to do so. Orlando Pirates are the only South African club in history to have won the domestic treble back-to-back, doing so in the 2010/11 and the 2011/12 seasons.

9. SIMBA FC

The richest club in East Africa and one of the two biggest clubs in Tanzania. Simba have won the Tanzanian Premier League 22 times.

They play at a 60,000 capacity stadium in Dar es Salam.

Simba are currently the fastest-growing football club in the world on Instagram in 2022, boasting 3 million followers, an incredible 89% increase from last year.

10. MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

Nicknamed the “Brazilians” due to the similarity of their jersey with that of the Brazilian national team, Sundowns play at the 51,762 capacity Loftus Versfeld Stadium. The club has around 2 million followers on social media.

They are the most valuable South African club and one of the wealthiest in Africa due to the fact that they are owned by business magnate, Patrice Motsepe. Motsepe is the richest man in South Africa and the current President of CAF.

Mamelodi  Sundowns have won the South African Premier League 11 times, the most since it was rebranded in 1006 In 2016 they country to ever win the CAF Champions League.

In 2021, Mamelodi Sundowns made history when their female team won the CAF Women’s Champions League, becoming the first-ever club to win both the men and women CAF Champions league titles.

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