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
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
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.