Lagos, Nigeria – Feet’ N’ Tricks International, the organisers of the Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020 has announced that it would be extending its on-going virtual freestyle football championship.
Valentine Ozigbo, the Chairman of Feet’ N’ Tricks International, in a press statement on Friday, July 17, 2020 revealed the reasons for extending the competition which was originally slated to close on Sunday, July 19, 2020.
“We are impressed with the intensity of engagement with our platform by freestylers across the continent,” Mr. Ozigbo said as he revealed that African Freestyle Football Championship Finale will now hold on Sunday, August 2, 2020.
“We have received over 150 entries for the competition from 21 countries in Africa, and we also recorded an increase in female participation. These statistics confirm that our sport is one of the fastest-growing type of football on the continent,” the respected business mogul added.
The influential sports promoter revealed that the company is extending the competition by two weeks “to allow for more robust engagement” and feedback from the judges.
“We have taken this decision in concert with our partners, the World Freestyle Football Association and we believe this can only be positive for all parties concerned,” Mr Ozigbo added.
The company has also launched a Nigerian Freestyle Championship for all Nigerians who entered the competition which, is the 4th annual games organised by Feet’ N’ Tricks International.
“This is the championship within the championship which will see the Top 8 contestants in Nigeria, in both male and female categories, battle for the top prize in the Nigerian Championships,” Mr Ozigbo revealed.
“We are doing this to promote excellence among the freestylers in Nigeria and encourage them to up their game towards winning the World Freestyle Champ title in the shortest possible time.
“The grand prize for the Nigerian Championships of the Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020 is N150,000, the 2nd place prize is N100,000 while the 3rd place prize is N50,000. Also, all the Top 8 contestants from Nigeria who enter for the contest, sixteen in total, will receive a cash reward of N20,000 each,” the respected business leader and philanthropist said in his statement.
Nigerian Freestyle Football Championship Finale will hold on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
“This extension also promises more excitement for fans and freestylers, and will also allow more robust production and quality of content given the enormity of the entries,” the statement read. “We believe this can only be positive for all parties concerned.”
The competition began in 2017 as the Nigerian Freestyle Football Championship. The next year, it became a continent sports event with over 18 countries participating in the finals in Lagos, Nigeria.
MTN is the headline sponsor of Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020. Other sponsors are Valentine Chineto Ozigbo Foundation and Eko Disco.
The selection is to be done by a distinguished panel of judges, drawn from 4 continents, appointed by the WFFA.
Mr Ozigbo is the immediate past President and CEO of Transcorp Plc, and he said he was driven to start the championship owing to his keen love for the game of football and the expressiveness of the freestyle genre.
Official broadcast sponsors of the event are PlusTV Africa and HipTV.