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Best Nigerian Athletes of All Time



If you are a big fan of sports, you would know that it is not always possible to see a live match. This means you cannot bet too much sitting at the stadium. However, if there are broadcasting channels to show you the matches or sporting events in real time, you also have online betting that allows you to do sports betting in real time from the confines of your own home. Visit Meta.Reviews to get reviews of the best betting sites online and choose the one that suits you the most. When it comes to athletes, the African countries always lead the way. So, let us take a look at the best Nigerian athletes. 

  • Rashidi Yekini

Yekini had an illustrious football career that ran for over 20 years. He played as a striker. He had been a part of the Nigerian national football team. However, he had also played for various European football clubs throughout his career. In 1993, he became the African player of the year. His popularity rose during the 1994 FIFA world cup where they played against Bulgaria. That world cup saw the first ever goal that he had scored for his nation. His professional football career had been 14 years long. During this period, he scored 37 goals for the Super Eagles in a span of 58 matches. In 2012, only 49, he faced an untimely death.

  • John Obi Mikel

He is again one of the most popular footballers in Nigeria. He plays as a defensive midfielder. He had played for the Trabzonspor football club that is based in Turkey. His football career had begun when he was only 12 via a competition that Pepsi had organized to skim through young talented footballers based in Nigeria. Among 3000 such youngsters that went to the Pepsi Academy, Obi Mikel was lucky enough to find a place for himself. He began his career with Plateau United, a local club in Nigeria. In 2004, being only 17, he was signed by Lyn in Norway. 2 years later he went to Chelsea FC and played 350 matches, scoring 6 goals in a period of 11 years. After that, he again shifted clubs. However, between 2005 and 2019, in his international career that ran for 14 years, he represented the country 88 times and gave the national team 6 goals.

  • Oluwatobiloba Amusan

Also known as Tobi, she is the most popular female athlete from Nigeria. She is a track and field athlete who is at once a sprinter and a specialist in the 100m hurdles. She has been showing her exceptional sportsmanship since she was a teenager. In the year 2013, she ended up winning the silver medal at the African Youth Championship. She had generated a record at the Commonwealth Games that took place in Australia, becoming the first Nigerian woman to win a gold medal at the 100m hurdles. Apart from her international career, she also represents the college team of University of Texas at El Paso. 


Do you know of any other Nigerian sports person whom we have missed in this list? 


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