Sunday, July 17

Brazilian football legend Pele to visit Nigeria August 11

Brazillian football legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele will be in Nigeria this August for a two-day programme on youth development and empowerment.
The facilitators of the visit, Winihin Jemide Series (WJS) and Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA), made the disclosure at a news conference held in Lagos.

Pele would be in the country from Thursday August 11 - Friday August 12, 2016 for the programme, tagged “WJS/YEDA Legend Edition’’.

The football great, is renowned for many achievements, including scoring 1,281 goals in his professional career. Pele has also been named 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.

The organisers said that programmes line-up for the events were street football tournament that would feature 44 youths selected from the street and sports clinics.

The event will involve football loving teenagers and parents, state governments, corporate sector and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Also, there will be a gala night with Pele and other Africa football legends where Pele memorabili would also be auctioned. The facilitators disclosed that proceeds from the auction would be donated to an eligible local youth football academy.

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