By Alfred K Dogbey
Joel Asare, the overall winner of this year’s ‘Red Bull Street Style’ football joggling competition, is heading to Japan to represent Ghana in the 2013 World Finals.
The young soccer talent Joel Asare emerged victorious in last Friday’s fiercely contested competition, out of a total of 16 contestants drawn from the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Central Region.
The event which was held at the National Theatre attracted thousands of football loving fans from all walks of life to witness the thrilling soccer free-style occasion.
The show brought together Mr. Sean Garnier – the last year’s ‘Red Bull Street Style’ world champion, Laryea Kingston – former Ghana’s Black Stars playmaker and Jean Paul Mattar, as judges who presided over the Friday’s event.
Another young and masterful soccer talent, Bright who went for the final with winner Joel Asare, put up a brilliant performance to the amazement of the spectators and won the second position.
Indeed, although the three judges declared Joel as Ghana’s 2013 ‘Red Bull Street Style’ champion, many of the spectators believed that Bright should been adjudged the winner for the competition.
However, a smart attempt by the former Black Star international, Laryea Kingston to smuggle his favorite contestant, Prosper through the backdoor to reach the final backfired.
Laryea Kingston, who is jovially called King Ayisoba, shockingly refused to declare judgment when Prosper and skillful Bright clashed during the semi-finals but ordered for playoff, but unfortunately for Laryea Kingston, his darling boy, Prosper was again defeated by brilliant Bright drawing laughter from the parked-to-capacity National Theater.
Without a doubt, the event was well-organized with an exciting display of Ghanaian football talents. At many times, the judges had to order for another playoff before passing their judgments on who won a particular.
The winner, Joel Asare took home the sum of two thousand cedis an equivalent of ¢20 million (old cedis) and an all expenses paid trip to participate in the world finals in Tokyo-Japan, next month.