1. Football

Football is an incredibly exciting game with origins tracing back to the 1800s when the British, French and Portuguese colonialists introduced the sport to Africa.

2. Rugby

Rugby’s popularity on the continent began in South Africa where it played a key role in ushering in South Africa’s post-apartheid era.

Other African countries that have excelled in this sport include Kenya, Namibia, and Ghana.

3. Cycling

Cycling is a fast-growing sensation and very popular in South Africa, which is famous for its scenic and exciting cycling routes

The Cape Town Cycle Tour, which attracts over 35,000 cyclists, is the worlds largest individually-timed cycling race in the world.

4. Athletics

Africa is an athletics powerhouse, especially in field and track events where the continent has performed extremely well in global competitions.

African athletes play a huge role in promoting Africa as a sports continent.

5. Cricket

Cricket is a popular sport in Africa, especially in South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe

6. Wrestling

Wrestling is the favorite sport in Senegal ahead of soccer, and has also played a key role in social integration and economic empowerment.

Wrestling began in the villages hundreds of years ago, and farmers would go to wrestle to pass the time or watch various fights.

7. Rallying

Motor rallies in Africa are known all over the continent and globally, making rallying one of the most popular sports in Africa.

8. Basketball

Since its introduction in the 1960s, basketball has increasingly become popular and is played across the continent.

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