AUGUST 11, 2016— Edson Arantes do Nascimentor, popularly known as “Pele’’, of Brazil is expected in Nigeria on August 11. According to the organisers of the visit, Winihin Jemide Series (WJS) and Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA), the football legend is coming for a two-day programme on youth development and empowerment. After visiting Nigeria, Pele will head for Ghana on Aug. 14.
The Nigeria programme tagged “WJS/YEDA Legend Edition’’ comprises a street football tournament that would feature 44 youths selected from the street and sport clinics.
There will be a gala night with Pele and other Africa football legends where Pele memorabilia would also be auctioned, the organisers said, adding that proceeds from the auction would be donated to an eligible local youth football academy.
The event will involve football-loving teenagers and parents, state governments, the corporate sector and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The organisers also assured that adequate security and logistics were already in place to ensure a hitch-free programme.
Pele, now 75, is known to have scored 1,281 goals in his professional career. Widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and FIFA.
His visit on August 11 will be his third visit to the Nigeria: the first was in 1967 and the second in 1978.