Special Guests And Judges For The July 23, 2017 National Tournament
Special Guest: Mr. Daniel Wood, President and Founder, World Federation of Freestyle Football
Daniel is the founder and President of the World Freestyle Football Federation and has worked for the past 10 years to develop the worldwide network and infrastructure for the sport of freestyle football. His professional work is focused on the role football and freestyle football has to drive change in communities and has built a network spanning 6 continents of best practice in this field. Daniel is also a lecturer for the Masters Degree in Football Business in Switzerland.
Tedx talk from Daniel Wood - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVGkCbmTSqQ
Chief Judge: Daniel Mikolajek (aka Mikolaj)
Mikolaj has consistently positioned himself as one of the top 8 freestyle football athletes in the world for the past 5 years. Former European Champion, Mikolaj uses his height to perform unique tricks which are difficult for others in the freestyle world to replicate. He makes the most difficult tricks look easy, helping him to keep a high level of consistency during live performances. Mikolaj mastered the cleanest 4 revolution trick ever seen, being so confident he regularly performs this live on stage.
See Mikolaj in action - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFeizHHLAE8
Judge No. 2: Kanu Nwankwo
Kanu Nwankwo, is a very well celebrated Nigerian born footballer, popularly known as Papillo. He was an active member of the Nigerian National football team "The Super Eagles" from 1994-2010, and eventually went on to captain the Senior National team of Nigeria, the Super Eagles. He has since retired from playing football.
A highly decorated footballer, Kanu began his career at the Nigerian league club Federation Works, before moving to Iwuanyanwu Nationale. In 1993, after a notable performance at the U-17 World Championships, he was signed by Dutch Eredivisie AFC Ajax. He made his debut a year after and scored 25 goals in 54 appearances. In 1996, he moved to the Serie A side Internazionale, in that same year, he captained the Nigerian National team that won the gold medal in football at the 1996 Olympics in the USA. He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in that year.
Judge No 3: Joel Asare
Two times Ghanaian champion, represented Ghana in Tokyo, Japan at the Red Bull Street world finals 2013, creator of the AYNIAB Trick (AYNIAB is short for All You Need Is A Ball), one of the best freestylers in West Africa, sub committee member of F3 representing Western and Central Africa