THE MTN-FAZ Super Division has received high international recognition after being ranked as the 11th best in Africa with Zambia coach Herve Renard named world's fifth best coach by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
In putting Zambia as Number-11 in Africa, the Danish organisation placed Zambia as the 78th best league in the world with the Sudanese league being ranked the best in Africa and 35th in the world.
The Spanish League, where all the world best 11 players and coach Vicente del Bosque were picked by FIFA, were named the world's best league.
The league has obviously got the international recognition after seeing the Chipolopolo win the Africa Cup and then witnessing the local league going to the last day with the winners being decided on the last day after Zanaco overtook Power Dynamos.
According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics website iffhs.de, the Zambian league conspicuously stood better than the Egyptian league whose club Al Ahly made up of local players won the confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions league.
The Zambian league is also better than South Africa's premier Soccer League as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the Camerounian leagues.
The Egyptian League was placed 91 in the world and 15 in Africa.
Zambia's Group C opponents in the upcoming Afcon Nigeria were ranked fifth in Africa and 60th in the world, Burkina Faso were ranked 113 and Number-20 in Africa, while Ethiopia are placed 110th in the world and 18th in Africa.
On the world stage, following Spain is the Brazilian league ahead of the Bundesliga, Seria A and Emmanuel Mayuka's English Premiership in Position-Five.
Jacob Mulenga's Eredivisie was perched in eighth below seventh placed France and sixth placed Argentina, while the Paraguayan and Chilean leagues completed the top 10.
Making Africa's top 10 are Sudan, Tunisia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Algeria and Ivory Coast with Zambia in close 11th.