McCarty Obanor wins N1million & Car as first Nigeria Freestyle Football Champion

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Valentine Ozigbo (2nd right), Daniel Wood, President, World Freestyle Football Association (right), Nwankwo Kanu with Male Category winners McCarthy Obanor & Mayowa Bababunmi

It was fun and excitement galore as Feet ‘n’ Tricks International Limited hosted the first ever Nigeria National Freestyle Football Championship accredited by the World Federation of Freestyle Football.

At the end of a keenly contested competition held at a well-laid section of the Ikeja City Mall, Lagos, McCarthy Obanor was declared the winner by the team of celebrated judges: Former Super Eagles Star, Nwankwo Kanu, Super Falcons player, Onome Ebi, Freestyle Champions, Daniel Mikolajek, Moses Amata and Joel Asare.

Apart from winning the sum of one million naira, Obanor who made history that day, also won a brand new GAC car and will also represent Nigeria at the World Super Ball Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

Entertainment was high on the day’s agenda, and the event smoothly began with a pulsating rendition of the National Anthem by US-based, Abiodun Koya, she also later rendered one song to the delight of the crowd who defied the inclement weather to storm the venue in droves.

Other exciting performers on the day were Guinness Book Of Records Dancer, Kaffy, rising arstistes: Skiibi and Soma (Big Brother Naija finalist) as well as super stars: Kcee and Timaya.

Obanor defeated 15 other contestant during the men’s final, edging Mayowa Bababunmi, a Medical Doctor, to clinch the coveted prize.

In the female category, Rasheedat Ajibade, the captain of Nigeria’s Under-17 National Team clinched the title.Ajibade defeated Chidinma Okeke, another professional footballer and smiled home with One Million naira..

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.

Ovation International Magazine Editor, Michael Effiong, Valentine Ozigbo & Mr. Daniel Wood
(R-l)Ovation International Magazine Editor, Michael Effiong, Valentine Ozigbo & Mr. Daniel Wood

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Kanu Nwankwo, Onome Ebi & Mr. Valentine Ozigbo
Kanu Nwankwo, Onome Ebi & Mr. Valentine Ozigbo

Third place finishers were rewarded with the sum of N500,000 each and the first runners-up got N750,000 each.

Chairman of 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

The sponsors included: GAC Motors, FIRS, Pinnacle, Wakanow, Ovation Media Group and other media organisations.

Moses Amata, Joel Asare, Daniel Mikolajek, Kanu Nwankwo & Onome Ebi
Moses Amata, Joel Asare, Daniel Mikolajek, Kanu Nwankwo & Onome Ebi
Abiodun Koya
Abiodun Koya
Kaffy and her crew
Kaffy and her crew
Colourful Cheerleaders
Colourful Cheerleaders

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And the winner is....McCarty Obanor
And the winner is….McCarty Obanor
Rasheedat Ajibade receiving her prize
Rasheedat Ajibade receiving her prize
Kcee performing on stage
Kcee performing on stage
Timaya thrilling the audience
Timaya thrilling the audience
Executives of Feet 'n'Tricks
Executives of Feet ‘n’Tricks
Nonso Okpala, Okunwa Okpala & Obinna Ufudo
Nonso Okpala, Okunwa Okpala & Obinna Ufudo
Abiodun Koya, Tony Chiejina, Michael Effiong & son
Abiodun Koya, Tony Chiejina of Dangote Group, Michael Effiong & son with Ramon Nasir of UBA
Daala Oruwari, Soma & Enitan Okesanya
Daala Oruwari, Soma & Enitan Okesanya

The event was also witnessed by top personalities in sport, entertainment and business, including former Super Eagles Captain, Nwankwo Kanu; Vice President, Nigerian Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi; former European Freestyle Football Champion, Daniel Mikolajek, and the President/Founder, World Federation of Freestyle Football, Daniel Wood.

 

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