With 51 players participating from around the globe, UAE football freestyler Mustafa Ayman, AKA Loco, is gearing up for the first set of qualifier rounds in the Red Bull Street Style championship taking place in Cape Town, South Africa.
“I came to represent the UAE and the rest of the Arab world in this competition, and I don’t intend to disappoint all those who have supported me along the way. I plan on showing this tournament why my nickname is ‘loco’,” said Mustafa.
After qualifying to represent the UAE among champions from around the world, Ayman, barely 15 years old, is one of the youngest contestants in the tournament. Preliminary rounds will have Ayman go head to head with players from Norway, Oman, Peru, Singapore, Lithuania and Trinidad & Tobago.
Set to take place in the shadow of the iconic Table Mountain near the Cape Town Stadium that will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Ayman and his competitors will fight for one of the 16 open slots that will see a Red Bull Street Style Champion crowned this weekend.
The World Final will see the best freestyle footballers divided into groups for a two-day qualification phase, where they will compete against the other ballers in their group in head-to-head battles for a ticket to the final round. Each battle follows the same format: 3 minutes, 2 players, 1 ball, with each freestyler having 20 seconds to impress the judges before passing the ball back to his competitor. The top two from each group will progress to the Last 16 stage, where they will battle it out on the final day for the title Red Bull Street Style World Champion 2010.
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