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Nigeria become the first African nation to win a curling game at a world championship

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Tijani Cole and his wife, Susana, on Thursday April 25, 2019, defeated their French opponents 8-5 to help Nigeria become the first African nation to win a curling game at a world championship at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019 in Stavanger, Norway.

“All of our hard work has paid off. We did it,” Susana told CBCSport.“I am feeling ecstatic, I am excited,” Tijani told the official website of the World Curling Federation.

“To all my countrymen at home, we did it. Our motto, as you can see on our brooms, is ‘we won’t be outworked’. 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,” he enthused.

Tijani and Susanae, who live in Denver, U.S, first took up curling three years ago and they have been training rigorously over the past year to improve their skills for this big occasion.

“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.”

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