From the streets of Warri, South Nigeria, Eche Chinonso has developed the art of football freestyle and he’s definitely a force to reckon with beyond his peers.
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The 11-year-old Nigerian freestyler set a Guinness World Record for “Most consecutive touches of a football (soccer) in a minute while balancing a ball on the head”.
Chinonso who started developing his skills at the age of eight after watching videos of international players including Lionel Messi and Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha wants to take his skills to the international stage.
He is able to juggle not just one ball but two, balance them on his head and perform sitting down.
Although he uses his skills to entertain his friends in schools, Chinonso’s dream is to play for big football clubs and the Super Eagles of Nigeria when he grows up.
“I love freestyling because it is my gift. In my school, I like to entertain my classmates. Some people call me an amazing kid Eche. I started freestyling when I was eight years old. My dad showed me some videos of Messi, Ronaldinho, Okocha and I just started practicing,” Chinonso said.
“Every day I wake up at 4:30 am. I do my training then I go to school. After school, I go to the field and play football with my teammates. I would like to play for big clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and the Super Eagles of Nigeria. I would like to be an international freestyler and travel all over the world,” he stated.