Guinness World Records has recognised Nigeria’s
Harrison Chinedu as the first man to travel the farthest distance while balancing a football on his head. The Cambodia-based footballer set the record after walking a total distance of 48.08km from the Redeemed Christian Church of God camp on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, on March 6.
An Indian soldier Naib Singh had broken the world record for travelling the farthest distance balancing a football on the head after walking a total distance of 45.64km in his country in 2014.
Singh lowered the earlier record set by Bangladesh’s Abdul Halim, who travelled 15.2 Km balancing a football on the head at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on October 22, 2011, to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.
Guinness World Records confirmed Chinedu’s as a world record holder in a certificate sent to the Dr Rafiu Oladipo Sports Foundation, which presented Chinedu with an opportunity to make a name for himself and Nigeria.
An elated Chinedu, who displayed his certificate in Lagos on Thursday, said his sights are set on breaking more world records.
The President-General of the Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club Rafiu Ladipo hailed the Imo State-born star for putting the country on the world map.
He commended the sports minister Solomon Dalung, Lagos, Ogun and Imo states, as well as the police, the FRSC, bet9ja and the media for supporting the event.