By Basil K Mbuye
Cameroon has maintained her position as the fifth-ranked country in Africa to have exported more football players abroad in the 2019 season.
The Sports Observatory of the International Centre for Sports Studies, CIES, published this week a study ranking countries that have exported most players abroad.
The latest ranking, Cameroon came 25th in the world and 5th in Africa with a total of 173 players with a percentage rate of 64.7 per cent.
In the 2018 ranking, Cameroon occupied the 20th position globally and 5th in Africa with a total of 170 players exported.
The five-time Africa Nations Cup, AFCON, winners maintained their position at the continental level.
However, the country witnessed a drop of five places in the global ranking and an addition in the number of players from 170 to 173.
The report is based per the number of countries’ representatives that played professional football abroad during 2019.
Going by this Observatory post, a total of 186 national associations had at least one player expatriated in the 141 leagues from 93 countries.
In Africa, the first five countries with the highest number of players abroad didn’t change from what the 2018report.
The 2019 year ranks Nigeria 399, Ghana 311, Senegal 230 and Ivory Coast 204. Meanwhile, the report shows that North and South African countries exported a lesser number of players as compared to those in West Africa.
At the top of the global ranking is Brazil 1,600 with 74.6 per cent of the players active in top division leagues, followed by France 1,027 and Argentina 972.
In the 2018 report, the same countries still occupied the first three positions.
In the world, Comoros, South Sudan and Bahamas exported the least number of players-two in the calendar year.
France is first in Europe with 1027 players exported with most of them moving to England, Belgium and Luxembourg.
The report also revealed that Brazil, France and Argentina provided almost one-quarter of the total foreign workforce in global football, 22.5 per cent.