Abaribote, other Abuja zone champions vow to excel at national final
Winner of the Abuja leg of this year’s African Freestyle Football Championship, Austin Abaribote has pledged to train harder and rehearse his tricks properly ahead of the final of the event billed for Lagos on September 14 and 16.
Abaribote, who expressed happiness for winning the Abuja leg of the event, thanked the chairman of Feet and Tricks International Limited, Valentine Ozigbo for them the opportunity to showcase their talents.
“I am going into full training sessions with my coach in preparation for the grand final in Lagos. This is not the first time I will get to this stage. I was once the second-best at a national event and I will ensure I come out a winner this time around in Lagos,” Abaribote said.
The dark-skinned player defeated Jubril Abdulrazak with a unanimous decision from the three judges that included Nigeria Soccer Ambassador, John Fashanu.
He received a cash award of N100,000 for his effort while Abdulrazak smiled home with a cash prize of N75,000.
The third-placed winner Henry Osaze pocketed the sum of N50, 000 for his efforts.
The female category was won by Augustina Oduche, who also went home with some of N100, 000, while the runner up Treasure Clear Nwoye got N75, 000. Both players featured in the championship for the first time.
A delighted Oduche, who could not easily come to terms with her feat, thanked the organisers of African Freestyle Football for given them the opportunity to showcase their talents.
Speaking at the end of the championship, the Chairman of Feet and Tricks, Valentine Ozigbo said the championship would not end in Lagos, as the winner will go on to represent the country at the World Championship in Miami, Florida next year.