By John Tuerijama
SOUTH African freestyle football icon, Chris Njokwana, is set to showcase his talents at the 2017 Namibia Tourism Expo, and is scheduled to perform at the Windhoek Show Grounds this Friday and Saturday.
Hundreds of football lovers are anticipated to attend the tourism expo, in the hope of catching a glimpse of the world-acclaimed Njokwana.
Red Bull Namibia Wings Team Leader, Bianca van der Westhuizen, told Confidente that they decided to bring Njokwana to Namibia, because of his brilliant skills.
“He is a well-known athlete, who won the 2008 Red Bull Street Style competition in Brazil, and since football is our number one sport, young and old can certainly look forward to a great showing by Njokwana,” said Van der Westhuizen.
Njokwana grew up in Langa township situated on the outskirts of Cape Town, but currently lives in Johannesburg.
He studied graphic design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and as for his passion for football, the freestyle football icon previously played for various professional youth teams.
Njokwana became popular through a television advert, when he famously juggled a ball up and down a staircase, while carrying a glass of milk.
He started concentrating on his freestyle football at the age of 19, and in 2003 he outsmarted over 100 freestylers, to win the South African Nike Freestyle crown.
In 2008, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) football freestyler won the Red Bull Street Style competition in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Njokwana has taught his freestyle tricks to some of South African biggest footballing greats, including Doctor Khumalo, aka 16 Valve, a star midfielder, during his glory days at Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Kaizer Chiefs, and for Bafana Bafana.
Simba Murumo, a retired South African striker, who also played for Italy’s Inter Milan Youth Academy, also benefited from Njokwana’s tutoring.
Another South African who handsomely made use of Njokwana’s magical teachings, was Dillon Sheppard, a former national team left-winger.
Njokwana has travelled to over 54 countries, where he showed off his talent and skill, and Namibian audiences are in for a real treat.
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