November 30, 2022

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McCarthy Obanor wins Nigeria National Freestyle Championships, Goes Home with Car, N1m

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History was made in Lagos at the weekend as Mr. McCarthy Obanor emerged the winner of the first edition of the Nigeria National Freestyle Championship accredited by the World Federation of Freestyle Football.

 

Apart from winning the sum of N1m, Obanor also won for himself a brand new GAC car and will also be representing Nigeria at the World Super Ball Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Obanor defeated 15 other contestants in the hotly contested men’s final, which clearly displayed increasing talent in the sporting industry and in the country. He defeated Mayowa Bababunmi, a medical doctor, to clinch the coveted prize.

 

In the female category, Rasheedat Ajubade, the captain of Nigeria’s Under 17 Women National Team clinched the title, winning the sum of a million Naira. Ajibade, a professional footballer,  defeated Chidinma Okeke, another professional footballer, in another hotly contested final.

Apart from the winners, the final four were rewarded with cash prizes starting from the fourth position who both went home with the sum of N250,000 each in the men and women’s events. Third place finishers were rewarded with the sum of N500,000 each and the first runners-up got N750,000 each.

 

The chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks International, organisers of the event, Valentine Ozigbo, promised a better outing in 2018.

 

“We are glad to have celebrated our home-grown freestylers  in an extraordinary fashion, breaking a number of records from the most active participation of womenfolk in the competition of quality and volume of prizes to world class ambience down to the richness and diversity of judging panel.

 

“We have succeeded in creating  role models for many other youths on this street , as through this medium, our youth will see in freestyling an opportunity   to live a good life, build career, pursue their passion and pursue other goals in life,” Ozigbo said

 

He used the occasion to appreciate all those who supported the competition, promising  a better competition in 2018 and beyond

 

“Apart from those that supported us this year like GAC Motors, FIRS, Five Star Music, VFD Group, all the media houses and others who in one way or other supported us, there were so many others who because of time constraints could not come on board, so we are expecting them next year.  “It is going to be bigger and better next year, we are going to be working will all that were part of this year’s and more others that will be joining us, ” he concluded.

 

To demonstrate Freestyle Football as entertainment, the packed audience at Ikeja City Mall were entertained by the best of Nigerian musical artists including Kcee, Timaya, Kaffy, Skiibii, Soma, Abiodun Koya and many others.

 

The event was also witnessed by top personalities in sport, entertainment and business, including the football legend, Kanu Nwankwo, the Vice President of Nigerian Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, the 2014 European Champion and of of the top 8 freestylers in the World, Daniel Mikolajek and the President and Founder of the World Federation of Freestyle Football, Daniel Wood

 

Ramon Nasir
External Relations

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