Africa is as football-crazy as any other continent, even as it has lacked the success of its neighbor to the north in World Cup play.
SOUTH AFRICA: KAIZER CHIEFS
South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, based in Johannesburg, plays in the country’s Premier Soccer League. As of 2017 the Amakhosi (Zulu for chiefs) had won a record 13 Nedbank Cup titles — four more than their crosstown rivals, the Orlando Pirates. They also have claimed the same number of Telkom Knockout titles.
The Kaizer Chiefs are not only the South Africa’s most popular football club, but they also are the namesake of the popular English indie rock band by the same name.
EGYPT: AL AHLY
Al Ahly Sporting Club, founded in 1907, plays football in the Egyptian Premiere League where it has won a record 39 national titles, 35 national cups and 9 national super cups.
Al Ahly is Africa’s most popular club on social media, with nearly 3 million followers on Instagram alone.
MOROCCO: WYDAD CASABLANCA
Wydad Athletic Club, better known as Wydad Casablanca, or just plain Wydad, boasts Morocco’s most successful football club with 19 Botola championships to its credit.
Wydad’s battles with rival Raja Casablanca makes their derby one of the most popular derbies in the world.
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