Khris Njokwana controls the ball at Johannesburg Stadium.
Khris Njokwana controls the ball at Johannesburg Stadium.
Khris Njokwana shows off his skills.
Khris Njokwana shows off his skills.
Khris Njokwana shows his delight after receiving his Guinness World Record certificate.
Khris Njokwana shows his delight after receiving his Guinness World Record certificate.
Khris Njokwana kept his eye on the ball to beat Theo Walcott's record.
Khris Njokwana kept his eye on the ball to beat Theo Walcott's record.

Renowned freestyler Khris Njokwana has got his name into the Guinness World Record books by usurping the famous Theo Walcott.

Njokwana, courtesy of Heineken SA, broke the record for the ‘highest altitude football dropped and controlled’ at the Johannesburg Stadium at the weekend.

A crane dropped the ball from a height of 37.4m, and the freestyler from Langa, Cape Town had to control the ball and make five touches before it touched the ground. 

His success meant he bettered Walcott’s previous record of 34m.

“I have dreamt about a moment like this since I started playing football as a youngster, I can’t believe it. I am now a world record holder”, said Njokwana.

Former Bafana Bafana star Steven Pienaar, who was on hand to encourage Njokwana, was full of praise afterwards.

“A soccer ball is hard enough to control when dropped from 2 or 3 metres high, but 37.4 metres is a whole new level,” an awestruck Pienaar said.

Khris Njokwana sets his new football freestyling record!

Njokwana had failed in his first two attempts, but third time was a charm as he made contact with the ball using his thigh and then made the requisite five touches that got his name into the record books, eclipsing a player of no less a stature than the revered Theo Walcott.

IOL Sport