Benjamin Ebong and Augustina Unamba have emerged winners in the male and female categories respectively of the 2020 Nigerian Freestyle Football Championship, which is part of the Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020.
Benjamin Ebong and Augustina Unamba receive 150,000 Naira each.
The second place winners, the 2017 champion, McCarthy Obanor (Men) and the reigning African Women Champion, Evelyn Okafor (Women), each receive 100,000 Naira.
The 3rd Place winners Prince Okereke (Men) and Treasure Nwoye (Women) receive 50,000 Naira each.
In addition, the 4th to 8th finalists in both categories receive 20,000 Naira.
The 2020 Nigerian Freestyle Football Championship, which held online came to an end on July 25, 2020.
Feet ‘N’ Tricks International, hosted the games as part of the on-going Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020, which is the virtual version of the annual African Freestyle Football Championship.
The finals of the virtual games streamed live on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram with eight athletes contesting to be the Nigerian freestyle football champions.
Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020 kicked off on July 1, 2020 with cash prizes won by more than 30 freestylers in the People’s Choice Prizes, which were determined by fan engagement online.
In the words of Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, the Chairman of Feet ‘N’ Tricks International:
“COVID-19 forced this virtual contest on us and we are delighted that we were able to hold this competition virtually and successfully.
Freestyle Football has come to stay in Nigeria and we are extremely excited about the rapid growth of the sport in Nigeria, as well as Africa.”
According to Rahul De, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria:
“We are glad to have been part of a project like this that provides a platform for young Nigerians to showcase their talents especially at times like this. It aligns with our commitment to support Nigerian youth and empower them through meaningful initiatives such as freestyle football.”
Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020 continues as athletes from around the continent battle in the African Freestyle Football Championship with winners in the men and women’s category standing a chance to win $1,000 each when the grand finale holds on August 2, 2020.
A panel of international judges – Lukasz Chwieduk from Poland, U.S.A’s Caitlyn Schrepfer, Yo Katsuyama of Japan and South African duo Kamal ‘Kamilio’ Ranchod and Chris Njokwana – determined the winner through the process of elimination in live battles.
MTN is the headline sponsor of Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020.