Top 10 Famous Football Derbies In Africa 2022
Famous Football Derbies In Africa. Rivalry in football is one beautiful and essential aspect of the game, which comes with the thrills of witnessing a rival club lose to the other rival when a match between them comes to town, as such football all over the world always offers the most beautiful and exciting moments when it comes to football derbies from the same suburb or intercity rivals just like the derby d’italia and the El Clasico in Spain.
As such, here on the continent, some of the legendary and long-standing derbies include the Soweto derby, Ashanti derby and so on, as other matches are given much importance and attention as those derbies, because they are more than just a match as the pride of the clubs and fans is always at stake whenever some of those derbies come to town.
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In this piece, we look at some of the most prestigious, famous, and sought after football derbies on the continent of Africa which gives the fans some sense of bragging rights.
Top 10 Famous Football Derbies In Africa 2022.
10. Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards – (Nairobi Derby, Kenya)
The Nairobi derby is popularly known as the Mashemeji derby or the Ingo-Dala derby, and it is the most fierce, biggest, football derbies, and oldest rivalry in Kenyan football history up to date, and their local fans are often referred to as Ingwe for Leopards fans and K’Ogalo for Gor Mahia respectively.
Meshemeji derby also has a strong history concerning the fan base, which has something to do with the tribe both teams came from, as Gor Mahia fan base is predominantly dominated by the Luo while AFC Leopards fan base is mostly Luhya which even makes the derby more fierce and terrifying, as Gor Mahia has always been on the receiving end of the law for fans hooliganism compared to the AFC Leopards fans.
9. Wydad Casablanca vs Raja Casablanca – (Casablanca Derby, Morocco)The Casablanca Derby is regarded as an International derby between two biggest Moroccan club sides Raja and Wydad, as the derby usually comes with the fierce and terrifying atmosphere at the Stade Mohammed V, which is the main stadium for the derby.
Casablanca derby often comes with massive national media coverage, and it’s usually the topic of town in the build-up to the derby as fans of both clubs in the city goes head to head just like most of the derbies we see across the world which comes with riots, fight, and fire flare among the club supporters.
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8. Hearts Of Oak vs Asante Kotoko – (Ghana Derby, Ghana)
When talking about a country with great and fierce local derby in Africa, Ghana is no exception to the impact of rivalry on football, as the beautiful game in the West African country was built on local rivalries to generate much excitement for the fans.
7. Simba S. C. vs Young Africans – (Dar’ es Salam Derby, Tanzania)
The Dar’es Salam derby is no doubt one of the biggest derbies in East Africa, and as such millions of fans of both team troop in from neighboring countries like Sudan, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and Kenya just to have a taste of what the derby will serve, as it is eagerly anticipated by fans of Young Africans who are known as ‘Yanga’ and the Simba faithful.
6. SC Villa vs Express FC – (Kampala Derby, Uganda)
The Kampala derby is one of the undisputed club rivalries in Uganda, although the derby is currently not living up to the billing as its gradually fading due to the weaknesses at both clubs in terms of management and organization.
Over the years, the derby has always come with fierce atmosphere with both fans of the team always at the edge of their seat.
5. Al Merrick vs Al Hilal – (Omdurman Derby, Sudan)
The Omdurman derby is a historic match between the two strongest clubs in Sudan, both teams are based in the same city, with Al Hilal with the most titles in the league and Al Merrick settling with the most Sudan cup. The derby was first played in 1934, a match which Al Merrick defeated Al Hilal, also the derby is known historically as the derby of the Green Grass Market, due to the fact that there were no stadiums as at the time which the match was held in Omdurman, the national capital of Sudan.
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3. Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates – (Soweto Derby, South Africa)The Soweto derby is South Africa’s two most historically successful clubs, both situated in the township of Soweto, Johannesburg, the derby is also often contested in the 90,000 seater FNB Stadium in order to accommodate the large crowds that come to see their darling team play.
On every matchday of the derby, the atmosphere does not disappoint, with different costumes on display coupled with ears disturbing sounds of the famous vuvuzela ringing out around the stadium as fans rivalry rekindle, and so far since the first derby was played, the rivalry between the two clubs has come with great passion and enthusiasm as the derby remains one of most followed and watched football derbies in Africa and South Africa.
2. Club Africain vs Esperance – (Tunis Derby, Tunisia)
Ironically, both clubs were founded a year apart, Club Africain in 1920 and Esperance in 1919, and since they were founded their rivalry has been so hot, and it always comes with a lot of passion and enthusiasm from the players who are the main protagonist and of course the supporters of both team.
The ‘Tunis Derby‘ has something similar to that of Milan Derby, as Club Africain and Espérance are located in the same city, and they also play their home games in the same stadium.
1. Al Ahly vs Zamalek – (Cairo Derby, Egypt )The Cairo derby is arguably the biggest derby in Egypt, and it’s been playing between the two most successful clubs in Egypt and to some extent Africa, both clubs were named by CAF as the best club side of the 20th century respectively based on their antecedent and reputation on the continent.
To say this derby is fiery would be an understatement, as North Africa is known for its passionate fans and their love for football which we’ve seen many times at some of the AFCOB competition hosted in the North, and it is no surprise to see two of the greatest teams in Africa contest the battle for supremacy of the ancient city of Cairo.
This derby is so fierce and has led to so much violence in the past that the game between these two teams is now played on neutral ground in Cairo’s main stadium behind closed doors, unlike the derbies in Spain or Italy were former players of Inter Milan can be seen to later play for Milan, and vice versa in Spain for Barcelona and Real Madrid, but players of both Cairo based teams dare not cross the city divide and play for their city rival.
Over the years, the derby has transcended religion, ideology and the colors of red and white and is also considered the most-watched derby as the highlight of the football season in Egypt with a wide live broadcast to the Middle East and Northern African countries since the ’70s, and it’s usually been played twice each season, but sometimes it goes beyond that when they meet in Cup matches and in Africa’s most prestigious club tournament. ‘The CAF Champions League’.
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