The Most Popular Sports in Africa

3) Rugby

Rugby is popular in Namibia and South Africa. It is one of South Africa’s major sports, alongside football and cricket. The Confederation of African Rugby is the governing body of rugby union within Africa. Currently it has 37 members. It runs various rugby tournaments within Africa, like CAR Super 16 and Africa Cup. The African Leopards is a representative team from Africa which aims to promote rugby throughout the continent.

African Rugby Players

2) Cricket

Cricket is popular in countries like South Africa which has produced some top class cricketers like Gary Kirsten and Allan Donald.It is also popular in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda. South Africa and Zimbabwe enjoy test status, while Kenya is the leading non-test team. South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya had jointly hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Namibia has also played in the World Cup. Morocco hosted the 2002 Morocco Cup.

African Cricketers

1) Football (Soccer)

Football is the most popular sport throughout  Africa. Football in Africa is followed passionately from Morocco and down to South Africa. Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana had advanced to the quarterfinal stage in the FIFA World Cups. Fifty-three African nations have soccer teams in the Confederation of African Football. South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup tournament, thereby becoming the first African nation to do so.

Everywhere you go in Africa you’ll see young boys kicking around a football. Sometimes the ball will be made of plastic bags with string wrapped around it, sometimes it will be made of crumpled up paper. As long as it can be kicked, there will be a game. This sport has produced great football stars like Asamoah Gyan (Ghana), Michael Essien (Ghana), Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha (Nigeria), Samuel Eto’o Fils (Cameroon), Yaya Toure ( Ivory Coast ), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Obafemi Martins (Nigeria) and more..


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