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Africa's freestyle footballers show off their tricks in Nigeria

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Published on September 17, 2019 - Duration: 01:31s

Africa's freestyle footballers show off their tricks in Nigeria

Ivorian competitor Abdul Kone wins the African Freestyle Football Championship for the second time against more than 40 contestants.

Kwame Amoah Mensah reports.

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Africa's freestyle footballers show off their tricks in Nigeria

He's just won the African Freestyle Football Championship for the second time.

Ivorian Abdul Kone impressed with a series of tricks as he went up against more than 40 contestants at the tournament, held in Nigeria.

Freestyle footballers from 15 different African countries took part, including Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, and Cameroon.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) 2019 AFRICAN FREESTYLE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER, ABDUL KONE, SAYING: "I thank the president, I dedicate this trophy to my mum, I dedicate to my father and to everybody.

It has been a wonderful performance for me this year again." Organized by Feet 'n' Tricks International Limited, the event is aimed at helping more ball-juggling youths in Africa get noticed internationally, and earn an income from their skills.

As winner, Kone bagged a cash prize of 3,000 U.S. dollars and an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the Red Bull World Competition in Miami in November.

But the winner in the female category was given 2,000 dollars and a vanity set.

Still, those in attendance were excited to be part of the event.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GUEST, CHINWEUGO NWAFOR, SAYING: "Football is fun, it is something that unites everyone you know no matter your colour, no matter your race and I mean to be able to play with the ball with your arms, hands and any part of your body and just free your style, that in itself is amazing, so this is my second time as I rightly said and it's been getting better and better and I know that next year, I can't wait to be a part of it again." Over 4,000 guests attended the two-day contest.

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