Many Nigerians are not familiar with what the curling sport is about. Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard.
The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.
Tijani and Susana Cole have won Nigeria its first world curling championship match at Stavanger, Norway.
The couple celebrated wildly as France’s rock careened wide to end the mixed doubles game on Thursday afternoon.
Nigeria defeated France 8-5 at the 2019 mixed doubles world curling championship to become the first ever African country to win a match at the tournament.
“Nigeria we did it for you,” Tijani said “I’m over over-the-top happy, elated, excited.
“It’s something we look at every day and we say as long as we don’t get outworked, we are proud of what we do.”
Despite a 20-0 loss to Czech Republic, the couple held on to their dream of winning Nigeria’s first match at the championship.
“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.”
Tijani and his wife Susana started curling three years ago in Denver, USA where they live together.
“All of our hard work has paid off. We did it,” Susana said.
Tijani and Susana thanked friends in Nigeria and the Nigeria Curling Federation for their support in helping them achieve this feat.