5. Cricket

Most Popular Sports in AfricaDid you know that only white South Africans were allowed to play Cricket during the Apartheid era? This is the reason why the bi-racial country was banned to play in international matches for more than 20 years.

Fast forward in 1992, Omar Henry, a black South African was the first to play for the national team in the World Cup. That was after the ugly regime ended.

The popularity of the sport in the continent was boosted when it hosted the Cricket World Cup. It was co-hosted by three other countries where Cricket is hugely popular- Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

More and more countries are joining the bandwagon which includes Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Zambia whose participation in international matches is yielding commendable results.