Orlando Pirates defender, Thabo Matlaba, has admitted that it doesn’t make sense to him that Bucs are ranked behind Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in the continental rankings.
Despite reaching two CAF continental competition finals in the space of two years, Orlando Pirates are placed 24th on the continent in FootballDatabase’s recent rankings.
'Festival' was shocked by these ranking considering Chiefs and Sundowns haven’t reached the semi-finals of any continental competition in the last five years and are graded in fourth and 12th places respectively.
“I saw that and I couldn’t believe it! Having said that, everyone knows what we have done on the continent over the last five years or so,” Matlaba told Soccer Laduma.
"It just doesn’t make sense… but I don’t know the criteria. Maybe if they explained the criteria it would be better.
“We have reached two continental cup finals in less than five years and none of the other two South African teams have reached the semi-finals of either the Champions League or the Confederation Cup in the last five years.
“Surely there are reasons Chiefs and Sundowns are ahead of us in the ratings, but the bottom line is that we’ve been doing better than both of them in recent years.
"So they can rank them higher than us as long as we get silverware, which is what we are focusing on,” he added.
Do you think that Chiefs and Downs deserve to be ranked higher than Bucs in Africa? Do you think Chiefs deserve to be ranked as high as fifth in light of the fact that they have not been very successful in continental competitions recently?