Cambodia-based Nigerian footballer, Harrison Chinedu has broken the official world record for balancing a football on the head and walking the farthest distance.
By trekking a distance of 48.04 kilometers in 6 hours, 15 minutes, Chinedu broke the previous record set by Indian soldier, Naib Subedar Azad Singh, who in 2014 travelled a distance of 45.64 km to erase the record set by Abdul Halim of Bangladesh who travelled a distance of 15.2 km on October 22, 2011 by adding additional 35 minutes to set the new record.
But Chinedu however on Sunday, lived up to his pre-event boast to smash Singh’s record to etch his name into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Chinedu and his ball were inspected by President of Nigeria Referees Association, Tade Azeez assisted by former FIFA-badged referee and senior lecturer at the National Institute for Sports, Dr. Alex Mana, and ex-Olympian, Henry Amike.
At the National Stadium, he trekked round the main bowl eleven times to break the record before trekking further eleven times to set a new record.
The athlete, who expressed appreciation to the Rafiu Oladipo Sports Foundation for organizing the event, and for believing in his abilities, stated that his greatest challenge during the event was when he nearly had a muscle strain at Berger Bus Stop.
I am happy that the scare gave way immediately to enable me continue the journey unhindered.
I thank the Rafiu Oladipo Sports Foundation for encouraging me both financially and otherwise and also made contacts with the Guinness Book of World Records office to ensure the event took place.
I’m proud to be a Nigerian, and I have made Nigerians proud by setting a new record.
Bet9ja, a leading betting brand in Nigeria, the National Sports Commission and the Lagos State Governor are reported to have also backed the walk.