Top Most Popular Sports In Nigeria

The Nigeria national football team
The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed the Super Eagles

Football is the most popular sport in Nigeria.

Nigeria has a rich history, and sports have significantly added to these traditions, starting with Nigeria ‘s oldest sport called Dambe Boxing, a festival-held Hausa Martial Arts. Dambe Boxing involves learning military skills in the early days, but the game is now only played as a way of achieving personal reputation, displaying masculinity, and respecting one ‘s family and village.

Are you new to Nigeria and wondering which of the most popular sports in the area? You won’t be disappointed. There are so many different popular sports that have influenced Nigeria’s society on the way to success ascending.

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1) Football: 

Football is popular in Nigeria with a local team, the Super Eagles, competing regularly for national titles. The Nigeria national football team competes regularly for international titles and many Nigerian footballers compete in Europe, particularly in England.

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Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup.

Rashidi Yekini was the most notable striker in Nigeria for he played more than two decades. He was also the top scorer in his time.

2) Basketball: 

This sport is popular particularly among young boys and girls at schools, as many schools offer basketball sessions.

3) Running:

Running is a form of sport that is quite admired and some Nigerian runners even make it to compete for international titles, including the Olympics.

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4)Nigerian Dambe Boxing:

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Associated with the Hausa people of Nigeria, Dambe is a form of boxing that is centuries old, and is quite an aggressive form of boxing.

Nigeria Sporting Success

  • The men’s football team won gold at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.
  • in 2013, Nigeria ended a 19-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought with a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso.

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Here are the top Athletes from Nigeria:

  • Hakeem Olajuwon (basketball)
  • Rashidi Yekini (football)
  • Nwankwo Kanu (Football)
  • Nojeem Maiyegun (Boxing)
  • Austin Okocha (Football)
  • Innocent Egbunike (Track & Field)
  • Chioma Ajunwa (Football, Track & Field)
  • Christian Chukwu/Segun Odegbami (Football)
  • Enefiok Udo-obong (Track & Field)
  • Mercy Akide (Football)
  • Dick Tiger (Boxing)
  • Stephen Keshi (Football)
  • Hogan ‘Kid’ Bassey (Boxing)
  • Teslim ‘Thunder’ Balogun (Football)
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