Nigeria has a rich culture, and sports have contributed a lot to these customs, starting off with the traditional sport of Nigeria which is called Dambe Boxing, a Hausa Martial Sports held on festivals. In the early days, Dambe Boxing means practicing military skills, yet the game is now only played as a means of achieving personal prestige, demonstrating masculinity, and bringing honor to one’s family and village.

In Nigeria, along with many other countries where Football is a popular sport, the country was able to be successful at the sport. Super Eagles, its national team, competes regularly for international titles and has made its mark in global sports competitions when regarded as one of the best teams in Africa and was ranked 10th in the world.

Popular sports of Nigeria                        Football (Soccer), Boxing, Track and Field, basketball                                               Traditional or Regional Sports                 Dambe Boxing – a Hausa Martial Sports held during festivals                                            Nigeria Sporting Success                               The men’s football team won gold in at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.              Nigeria Sports trivia                                  Chioma Ajunwa won Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medal at Atlanta 1996.

Nigeria at major events

Nigeria at the Summer Olympics

Nigeria at the Winter Olympics

Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games

Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup

Nigeria women’s football team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Past sporting events hosted in Nigeria

1980 and 2000 African Cup of Nations‎

1989 African Championships in Athletics

2003 All-Africa Games‎

2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup

In 2013, Nigeria ended a 19-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought with a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso.