The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has moved up in the ranking of men's football leagues in Africa, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
The IFFHS is an organization that chronicles the history and records of association football, founded in 1974 by Alfredo Poge in Leipzig.
It rates the competitive edge of leagues, and for the current rating, the Italian Serie A is the globally strongest league, while Egypt tops in Africa and is rated 20th in the world.
Nigeria, which was globally rated 77th in 2022 after the inception of the Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye-led Interim Management Committee (IMC), has moved up two steps in 2023 to become Africa's 7th best and four steps to 73rd globally.
Reacting to the latest rating, Elegbeleye, who is back in Nigeria from the ongoing 34th AFCON in Cote D'Ivoire, described it as "very encouraging and a call for us to continue improving at what we have been able to achieve in repositioning the league."
In the latest ranking in Africa, the Morocco Botola League ranks next to Egypt and is trailed by Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, and Tanzania. Behind Nigeria are Angola, Zambia, and Cote D'Ivoire, the only other West African league in the top 10.
The top 5 strongest leagues in the world are Italy, the English Premier League, Spanish LaLiga, Brazil's Serie A, and the German Bundesliga.