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How a couple put Nigeria on the map

The outcome of the result didn’t matter at all on the tournament basis, but for Tijani and Susana Cole it was historic. 

Curling for Nigeria, the Coles had just beaten France 8-5 at the Sormarka Arena in Stavanger, Norway and although the win didn’t stop them from crashing out of the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, the 8-5 victory over France went straight into the record books. 
It was the first time an African country was winning a game in a World Curling Championship, a historic feat which followed the couple’s achievement as the first Africans to compete at the championship. Born and brought up in Nigeria, Tijani who is from Onitsha in Anambra State Nigeria and his Canadian wife Susana took up curling just three years ago. 
In that time, Tijani has mastered the art of sweeping and together with Susana's excellent shooting the Denver-based couple has their name in the history books.
"Nigeria we did it for you, I'm over over-the-top happy, elated, excited,” Tijani is quoted to say by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). 
The novelty of their historic outing at the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship however, didn't stop them from getting reality check on the ice with losses in their first six games in Norway. 
They lost 2-13 to China, a crushing 0-20 defeat to the Czech Republic, 4-10 to Wales, 4-7 to Croatia, 0-18 to Italy and 3-15 to Australia but they got a lift by marking Nigeria’s debut at a curling world championship with a win.
"All of our hard work has paid off. We did it," Susana said.
How a couple put Nigeria on the map How a couple put Nigeria on the map Reviewed by opeyemi on 9:12:00 am Rating: 5

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