Brazilian Football Legend, Pele will be in Nigeria for a historic visit in August.
The three-time World Cup winner is expected in Lagos for a series of events that will culminate in a charity dinner.
With Pele’s visit to Nigeria barely weeks away, organisers of the event, Winihin Jemide Series took to the streets to ask Nigerians to pronounce the Brazilian legend’s full name.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the three-time World Cup winner will headline a youth football tournament that will take place at the Astro-Turf in Ikoyi as well as a leadership meeting with Corporate Nigeria.
Nigerians took turns to pronounce Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé’s full name.
Pele is acclaimed for scoring 1,281 goals during his career, one of the highest ever for any living footballer.
Pele also won the first of his three World Cups as a 17-year-old at Sweden ’58.
To date, he is the only player to have won 3 World Cups, 2 World Championships and 9 State Championships.
Football Legend Pele To Visit Nigeria In August
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.
The event will involve football loving teenagers and parents, top state government officials, the private sector and the Nigeria Football Federation.
The event will include a sports clinic (Legend tournament), a Gala Night with Pele and other African football legends.
It will also include an auction of Pele memorabilia at the Gala night.
Proceeds from the auction will be donated to an eligible local youth football academy.
Pele has received an honorary knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
He was named “Athlete of the Century” and “Player of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee and Fifa respectively.
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This is the second time Pele will be visiting Nigeria.
He first visited in 1967, occasioned by a 2-day cease fire during the Nigerian Civil War.
This break allowed the warring sides to watch the Pele & Santos FC team play an exhibition match in Lagos.
Watch this hillarious video below: