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Cote d’Ivoire’s Kone retains African Freestyle Football Championship title

By Onyinyechukwu Agwubilo
18 September 2019   |   4:02 am
It was a clash of Africa’s best freestylers at the weekend when the continent’s biggest names converged in lagos to strut their stuff.

Chairman, of Feet n Tricks, Valentine Ozigbo (left); 2019 African Freestyle Football Champion, Abdul Titi Kone; Executive Director, Heritage Bank, Jude Monye; Feet ‘n’ Tricks International’s board member, Olisa Adibua at the end of the African Freestyle Football Championship in Lagos…at the weekend.

It was a clash of Africa’s best freestylers at the weekend when the continent’s biggest names converged in lagos to strut their stuff.

The biggest atraction were the eternal rival, Cote d’Ivoire’s Abdul Titi Kone and Egypt’s Yousef Mohammed, who came first and second ion the maiden edition of the competition hosted by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International last year.

There were also South Africa’s Ashley Mhkize, Nigeria’s Evelyn Okafor, Hadhara Charles (Tanzania) and Augustina Unamba (Nigeria).

At the end of the competition, Kone and Mohammed retained their first and second positions respectively in the men’s category with Mhkize finishing in thrid place.

In the women class, Evelyn Okafor beat Hadhara Charles and Augustina Unamba to the secnd and thrird positions respectively.

At the end of the competition, an elated Kone decsribed his victory as “a great honour,” saying, “I am thankful to Feet n’ Tricks for this incredible platform and opportunity… I look forward to using it to inspire others and make Africa proud.”

Mhkize, who emerged as the winner of the Panna Football Championship, also thanked the organisers of the event ,saying, this would help him hone his skills and become a better individual.

“Since its inception in 2017, we have been committed to becoming world-class organisers of Freestyle Football tournaments and it’s a great pleasure to see the awareness and growth of Freestyle Football across Africa thanks to our sponsors, fans and media partners. We are confident that the sport will reach and exceed its potential in Nigeria and Africa. It has given me immense joy over the past two days to see our biggest tournament yet come to reality,” said Chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks, International, Valentine Ozigbo.

The event, which had a massive turn out, had musical and dance performances from Imagine to Dance, Lagos State Cheerleading Association, Chinko Ekun and the Jealous crooner, Fireboy DML closed the event with a dazzling performance.

The Nigerian Championship, which took place on the 14th of September 2019- also at the Balmoral Convention Center was well attended by local sports fans, celebrities and VIPs who were treated to musical performances, comedy, dance and freestyle contests.