Nigeria makes history to become first African nation to win a game in curling championships
– Nigeria made history in Norway as Tijani and Susan Cole won a match in curling championship
– It was the first time an African team would win a match in curling
– The couples who are based in the United states hail from Onitsha in Anambra state
Nigeria defeated France 8-5 in a mixed doubles final in the world curling championship currently going on in Norway.
Tijani and Susan Cole proudly flew the green and white colors of the West African nation far away in the Scandinavian country.
Both competitors went into wild celebrations as it was the first time an African nation had won a curling game at a world championship.
“Nigeria we did it for you,” Tijani said. “I’m over over-the-top happy, elated, excited.”
The fans inside Sormarka Arena erupted in applause. Even some of the curlers started clapping too.
“All of our hard work has paid off. We did it,” Susana said.
Tijani and his wife Susana live together in Denver where they started curling for the first time in 2016.
Their family hail from Eastern part of the country in Onitsha, Anambra state and their love for the sport and love of country have been an integral part of their lives.
They got the opportunity to compete on the world stage in to curl and took advantage of it.
“Watching it on the Olympics over the years was motivating for me and my wife. We’re both athletes and competitors,” he said.
The couples have been training relentlessly over the past year for the world championship and wanted to win at least one game for Nigeria and they did it.
“What a great dream to share this with your best friend, my wife,” Tijani said. “You go through so many trials and tribulations. It’s been a long journey.”
Throughout the world curling championship Tijani and his wife had lots of frustrating times on the ice, including a 20-0 loss to the Czech Republic.
But they were able to bounce back to defeat France in their final game.
“To all of my friends in Nigeria and the entire Nigerian Curling Federation, thank you so much,” Tijani said