Gboah.com: Your Top 10 Greatest Sports People of all time in Nigeria

Your Top 10 Greatest Sports People of all time in Nigeria

As we all know that, Nigeria is widely the most populated country in Africa. And as a matter of fact, Nigeria have made a huge impact when it comes to history in sports and we have some of our famous sports teams in the world with the like of Super Eagles(Men's Football team), D'Tigress( Female Basketball Team), Athlectics e.t.c are the ones that have represented Africa to the world.


So let's take a look at some of the best Nigerians sportspersons here below...


1. Teslim 'Thunder' Balogun (FOOTBALL)


Teslim is arguably one of the most successful footballer in Nigeria. He is well known in the football world since 1940 where he established himself as  great football player. Balogun was the Nigerian to score a hat trick.


2. Nwankwo Kanu (FOOTBALL)


Kanu is one of the most favourite and important player in Nigeria. He earned himself a great player but a champion by achieving so many titles in both Africa and international such as UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, EPL, UEFA CUP, FA CUP, DUTCH TITLE and to mention a few. The former Nigerian's striker is regarded as of the best players in African football history.

3. Hogan 'Kid' Bassey (BOXER)

Okon Bassey was the first ever Nigerian to become world champion. He won Empire featherweight championship before winning the world crown in Paris, 1957.


4. Stephen Keshi (FOOTBALL)

Stephen represented Nigeria at the 1994 FIFA world cup and also captained the super eagles in 1994 Nation cup to win the title. He won Belgian league as well. He coached the eagles in 2013 Nation cup by winning the trophy.

5.  Austin 'Jay jay' Okocha (FOOTBALL)
The talented and most skillful play-maker in Nigeria had a good career in football. He had played for many clubs like Fenerbache, PSG, Bolton Wanderers e.t.c he has won an Olympic Gold in 1996.


6. Richard 'Dick Tiger' Ihetu (BOXING)
Tiger was the undisputed world middleweight champion for two times in 1950s and won world middleweight title in 1962. He was inducted into the international boxing hall of fame in 1991.

7. Enefiok Udo-obong (ATHLECTICS)
Ene won a gold medal in 4x 400 metres relay at the 2000 Olympics, then later won bronze medal in 2004 olympics.

8. Chioma Ajunwa Opara (MULTI SPORT)
She's the first athlete to win an olympics gold medal for Nigeria at Atlanta 1996. Chioma is the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event.

9. Mercy Akide (FOOTBALL)

Mercy Akide is one of the finest female goalscorer for Nigeria. After winning the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, she is the first African woman to get a football scholarship to the United State Of 
America.

10. Innocent Egbunike (ATHLETICS)
Innocent won gold in the 200m 1983. He also won the All African Games in 1987 which were held in Kenya.


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