This August will see the legendary Pele in Nigeria as part of a two-day youth football scheme happening in Lagos.
Pele will be in Lagos for a youth program which is organized by the Winihin Jemide Series (WJS) and Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA). The tournament has been titled WJS/YEDA LEGEND EDITION 2016.
The event is set to take place at the Astro-Turf in Ikoyi, Lagos and will see the legendary player be a big part of it. He will also be part of a leadership meeting with Corporate Nigeria.
Youths between the ages of 13 and 18 will be camped at the City of David football academy, and will engage in a street tournament.
“The programme will start with the YEDA Corporate tournament for the Legend Cup and the YEDA Street tournament with the final of both competitions coming up on the 11th,” Okebalama said.
The programme will also include a gala night that will see different officials from different sectors including the Nigerian Football Association and other African football legends take part.
Some of Pele’s memorabilia will be auctioned off as well, with the proceeds being donated to a qualified local football academy.
This is the second time football would have Pele in Nigeria. His first visit was in 1969, during an Africa tour by his football club, Santos where the Brazilian side played against the Nigerian national team, as well as the football team of the Midwest (Benin).
This visit is alleged to have caused a two-day cease-fire by the warring Biafra and Nigeria in order to watch the legend play.
The project director of WJS, Chidima Okebalama adds that Pele will visit Ghana after the two-day youth tournament ends in Lagos, Nigeria.
Pele is known for the legendary achievements made in his football career. Some of which include; three-time World Cup winner with Brazil, scoring 1,281 goals in his professional career, being named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and FIFA.