The most popular sports in Africa apart from Football 
6 October 2022
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Football is the world’s game and nowhere is this more apparent than on the entire African continent. People from all over Africa have a deep and historical love for the beautiful game and it will most likely stay that way for a very long time into the future.

But at the same time, interest in other sports across the continent is growing. Part of this is because of internet streaming that makes it possible to watch international sports in different ways than before. Today a person in Zimbabwe or South Africa can take part in the March Madness picks on the same level as someone in America. 

In this text we’re going to share some of the most popular sports across Africa as a whole, apart from football. Maybe you will find something interesting to watch after the world cup is over.


Rugby is a great sport enjoyed by many in Africa, and just in South Africa alone there are 600 000 registered players with the national federation. South Africa is without a doubt the powerhouse of African rugby as a whole, even though Kenya has started to produce some very impressive players and results in recent years. Rugby is just like football, a very accessible sport to pick up and play, and one can expect to see more and more quality players coming from more countries in the coming years. 


Ever since the first ever African gold in the olympics in 1908, Africa has been one of the strongest contenders in the world when it comes to athletics. Even though athletics as a whole is very popular, the biggest impact on the international stage has been in the field of running, where countries like Kenya has time and time again proven to be the best in the world. 


Basketball was first played on the African continent in the middle of the 1960’s, and today it’s a popular sport among young people across many countries. According to the international power rankings Nigeria is by far the best country with Tunisia in second place. Africa has had a couple of players make it all the way to the NBA, something that without a doubt has led to many young boys and girls dreaming of playing in the NBA one day. Today it’s not uncommon to see youngsters wearing sweatshirts and jerseys to support their favorite team or players, even though those players live halfway across the world.