By Jacob Ajom

Organisers of the first Nigerian National Freestyle Football championship, Feet ‘n’ Tricks International Limited in conjunction with its major sponsor, GAC Motors, Federal Inland Revenue and VFD Group yesterday redeemed prizes worth over N20 million to the winners in both male and female categories.

First prize winners in both categories got N1million each. Apart from the N1m prize money, McCarthy Obanor who won in the male category was also handed keys to a new GAC Salon car. He was also presented with a return ticket to Prague, Czech Republic to represent Nigeria at the World Super Ball Championships.

Mayowa Bababunmi, a medical doctor, who placed second, got N750,000, the 2nd runner up, Austine Abariode went home with N500,000.00 while 3rd runner up, Ifeanyi Nwabeke, was also rewarded with N250,000.00 for his effort.

In the female category, Rasheedat Ajibade, the captain of Nigeria’s Under 17 Women National Team clinched the title, winning the sum of N1m. Ajibade, a professional footballer, defeated Chidinma Okeke, her teammate in the national team in the final. Okeke got N750,000. Nduibisi Esther and Unamba Augustina were 2nd and 3rd place winners, received N500,000 and N250,000 respectively.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of Feet ‘n’ Tricks Limited, Valentine Ozigbo, said the redemption of the prizes was an eloquent demonstration of his organisation’s capacity to organise events of that magnitude. He thanked sponsors for identifying with their dream despite the short notice.

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