World football’s greatest legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, is expected to visit Nigeria in August for a two-day programme on youth development and empowerment organised by the Winihin Jemide Series (WJS) and Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA).
The three-time World Cup winner with Brazil will headline a youth football tournament that will take place on August 11, at the Astro-Turf in Ikoyi, as well as a leadership meeting with Corporate Nigeria, the facilitators of the visit, WJS and YEDA said at a news conference in Lagos.
Renowned for many achievements, including scoring 1,281 goals in his professional career, Pele won the first of his three World Cups as a 17-year-old at Sweden ’58 before adding two more titles at Chile ’62 and Mexico ’70.
He was also named the Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and FIFA respectively.
His forthcoming visit will be his second visit to the country, the first in 1967 was occasioned by a two-day cease fire during the Nigerian civil war.
His visit allowed the warring sides to watch Pele and Santos play an exhibition match in Lagos.
The WJS/YEDA Legend Edition 2016 is a 2-day event (11th -12th August, 2016) focused on youth development and empowerment through a once-in-a-lifetime inspiring experience with Pele.