By Basil K Mbuye
The Cameroon Elite One football championship has been ranked the second unprolific championship in the world by the International Center for the Study of Sport, CIES.
The study ranks 150 top division leagues and clubs worldwide according to the percentage of goalless games during the five-year period between January 2015 and December 2019. At the top 30 places are 23 Africans domestic championships.
Going by the 295th edition of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post made public Monday, May 11, the highest percentage overall was recorded in Gambia 23.5 percent ahead of Cameroon with 19.1 percent.
At the Cameroon Elite One championship, the first five positions of clubs with the highest number of goalless games is occupied by Union des Mouvements Sportifs de Loum, Bamboutos de Mbouda , Yong Sports Academy Bamenda, Eding Sport FC de la Lékié and Union Sportive de Douala respectively.
At the world ranking, the first three in Cameroon, UMS of Loum, Bamboutos de Mbouda and Young Sport Academy Bamenda occupy the 2nd, 7th and 9th positions respectively.
At club level in Africa, the figures show Gambia Ports Authority FC leading with 29.8 percent, Union des Mouvements Sportifs de Loum with 28.7 percent while at the third position is Hawks FC from Gambia with 27.8 percent.
At the level of the various championships in Africa, the Gambia GFA League, Cameroon Elite One, Haiti Ligue Haitienne, Benin Championnat National and the Ethiopia Premier League occupy the first top position for unprolific leagues respectively.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria NPFL, Ghana Premier League and Madagascar Ligue des Champions are the least unprolific in Africa.
At the level of the big five leagues in the world, France Ligue 1 comes first with a percentage rate of 18.0, Spain La Liga-7.2, Italy Serie A-7.2, England Premier League-7.1 and Germany Bundesliga with 6.5.
The highest and lowest percentages per Confederation were recorded for Iraq-14.9 percent and Macao 2.9 percent in Asia, Gambia 23.5 percent and Madagascar -7.4 percent in Africa, Haiti 18.5 percent and Suriname -3.0 percent in North America-8.1 percent, Argentina-11.5 percent and Bolivia-5.6 percent in South America, as well as Montenegro 13.0 percent and Northern Ireland-3.4 percent in Europe.