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  • Ikeja City Mall hosts Freestyle Football on Sunday

    Reporter: Alonge Akinlolu
    Published: Friday, 21 July 2017
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    Ikeja City Mall hosts National Freestyle Football on Sunday

    The first National Freestyle Football Championship in Nigeria organized by Feet ‘n’ Tricks Limited takes centre stage at the Car Park of the Ikeja City Mall in Lagos on Sunday.

    On Friday, the Chief Executive Officer of Feet n Tricks, Odyke Nzewi, said all plans have been concluded to stage a memorable event that Lagosians would remember for a long time.
    Nzewi said: “The concept is new here in the country but truth is the talents are here in abundance. We want to showcase those we have picked as finalists.

    “Our team has been able to put in so much hard work in all areas of logistics to make the participants and fans enjoy the final on Sunday. We have some surprises too for various range of people on the day. We are excited and optimistic of a fantastic event.”

    The event is being sponsored by GAC Motors, a product of Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor Company Limited and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

    The President and Founder of the World Federation of Freestyle Football, Daniel Wood will be in attendance for the final of the first ever National Freestyle Football Championship.

    Nzewi added: “Wood has confirmed to be here because many people are excited that Nigeria is joining the big league of countries that have embraced freestyle football.

    “There are other top officials of the world body coming for the event and so we have doubled our efforts to stage a great Grand Finale come Sunday in Lagos.”

    A former Super Eagles skipper Nwankwo Kanu, is among the three judges to officiate the final of the first ever National Freestyle Football Championship.

    A former European Champion, Daniel Mikolaj, who has consistently positioned himself as one of the Top 8 freestyle football athletes in the world in the past five years, is the head of the judges.

    Joel Asare, who is a two-time Ghanaian champion, will also be one of the judges. Asare represented Ghana in Tokyo, Japan at the Red Bull Street world finals 2013. Another football legend, Moses Amata, has been named to join the judges team for the forthcoming National Freestyle Football Competition.

    Thousands of entries were received via the designated registration platform where participants uploaded a 30 seconds video of themselves in freestyling.

    These video entries were subjected to a screening process by professional judges after which 16 male and eight female freestyle footballers have emerged for the July 23 finals.

    Winner of the event will represent Nigeria at the Super Ball competition in Prague, in August 2017

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