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AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Ivorian freestyle footballer, Abdoul Titi Kone, successfully defended his African Freestyle Football Championship title.

The event, which was hosted by Shoddy and Pocolee, was attended by some celebrities, including controversial Nollywood actresses, Tonto Dike and Olayode Juliana, former BBNaija contestant, Ahneeka, social media sensation, William Uchemba, and ex-football stars, John Fashanu and Victor Ikpeba.

There was also music by Fireboy DML, Chinko Ekun, Joe boy and the sonorous sounding, Raybekah, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday.

Over 120 freestylers from across the continent gathered at the Balmoral Events Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, to compete for the right to be called Africa's finest 'football freestyler' and the sum $3000 which was prize money.

The fun and contests had started from Saturday when the national championship commenced as Nigerian male and female football freestylers competed for the grand price of five hundred thousand naira.

But the big one was on Sunday when the continental battle reached its most crucial stage and the boys/girls were separated from the men/women.

With Super Falcons star and two-time champion, Rasheedat Ajibade, absent from this year's edition, a new champion emerged in the female category.

Nigerian trickster, Okafor Evelyn, made sure that the women's title remained in the country. She had to fight off stiff competition from Tanzania's Hadaora Mohammed, who was a favourite all through the competition.

"I feel so great, wonderful and excited. It's not easy, it's not easy, freestyle football really is an exhausting sport, well no sport is not exhausting, every sport is exhausting. Ever since I started freestyling, it's not easy but with determination and passion, and not giving up, it's really good. It's my first time competing, both in the Nigerian championship and African championship," Evelyn said during an interview.

There was, however, no surprise in the male category which saw a repeat of last year's final between Titi Kone and Yousef Aiman Riesco, with the Ivorian once again showing his superiority to retain his title.

''This year the level was crazy, crazy, crazy compared to last year. I know still we are the same top four guys, but the level really increased and I saw some new faces and that was great. Of course this competition is making things huge for freestylers all around Africa,'' Yousef Aiman Riesco told pressmen.

Two-time champion, Kone, revealed that he had some issues while competing but the support from his fans and followers kept him going.

"Firstly I feel good, I thank God because the competition was not easy, I had aches but with the prayer of friends and family I won the trophy. We must also recognise that I almodt do not sleep. It is the work and the prayer, the respect of the parents, it is what makes us boys in Africa and if it pleases God we will make our mothers proud."

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AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges
AFFCW 2019: Cote D’Ivoire’s Titi Kone Retains Title, New Women’s Champion Emerges