Nigeria sport achievement in 57 years of Independence

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On Sunday, Nigeria commended 57 years of autonomy as a sovereign country, and as Monday was proclaimed a work-free day, it gave subjects a lot of time to ponder the nation’s brandishing accomplishments in its 50 years history.

What has likely gotten away notice will be that for the greater part of the nation’s assumed donning accomplishments, a nation of about 200 million individuals ought to have more to appear for a long time.


Three football Africa Cup of Nations titles are some route behind Egypt (98 million, seven titles), Cameroon (24 million, five titles) and Ghana (28 million, four titles).

On the off chance that football comes about have been frustrating, it is much more so in b-ball, the second-greatest game in the nation.

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CAF Champions 2013 against Burkina Faso.


Nigeria’s solitary FIBA Afrobasket title won in 2015, pales into unimportance in examination with Angola’s 11, and five each for Egypt and Senegal. Indeed, even the Central African Republic, a nation of just shy of five million individuals, have won two titles.


Boxing, where Nigeria won their first-historically speaking Olympic award (a bronze in Tokyo in 1964), has slipped into the doldrums. As has games, where the dashes and center separation races offered some expectation in the late 80s and into the mid 90s.

At the last two Olympic Games, Nigeria won an amazing aggregate of one decoration, a bronze for football in 2016.

Nigeria’s concern isn’t an absence of ability. Daniel Igali moved to Canada in 1994 and won Olympic gold for his embraced country in 2000. Any semblance of Francis Obikwelu, Gloria Alozie, and a heap different Nigerians, speak to a variety of various nations and claim decorations they would never dream of in the green and white shades of Nigeria.

The repeating topic behind these weakening numbers for Nigerian games is a reliance on government financing, prompting an absence of administration structures which channel into an absence of certainty from corporate supporters. Without sponsorship cash, sports alliances can do pretty much nothing however keep on depending on the legislature.

Two wearing codes which have as of late broken that pattern are football and ball. Having experienced its own dull passage of sharp infighting, football has developed more grounded, beginning with the local association, the NPFL.

Over the most recent five years, the foundation of the League Management Company, under the administration of Nduka Irabor and afterward Shehu Dikko, has prompted more polished methodology and the marking of numerous organization bargains worth a huge number of naira.

FIBA Afrobasket title won in 2015 against Angola.

Following on from those additions, the Nigeria Football Federation additionally secured the greatest sponsorship bargain in its history, both for the organization itself and for its leader Cup rivalry, now called the Aito Cup.

B-ball stuck to this same pattern with the NBBF marking the biggest sponsorship bargain in the historical backdrop of the game in Nigeria. The CBL additionally sorted out a secretly run ball class that pulled in a huge, paying after.

These arrangements mirror a developing trust in the corporate part for Nigerian games and their administration structures. Crimps remain, no uncertainty, however the signs are that the corner is being turned.

What these games have done, football particularly, is start the way toward disconnecting itself from government, demonstrating a readiness to expel the game from the common administration and cut out their own particular autonomous way.

There is as yet far to go down that way, yet the trip has started. Also, if any semblance of boxing, games, and different games need to develop and flourish, it may be the ideal opportunity for them to begin taking notes.

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