The legendary Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as known as Pele’s visit to Nigeria this month has been postponed,
Pele had developed a poor state of health just days after he canceled appearing at the Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Organizers of the event bringing Pele into the country have announced that he will not be coming to Lagos this week due to ill health.
The Winihin Jemide Series and the Youth Experience Days Africa had planned to bring Pele to Nigeria for the Legend Edition on August 11-12.
However, a statement from the organizers said that another date will be announced once the legend has fully recovered.
The said ailment also kept the legend from attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in his home country last weekend.
Pele’s Visit To Nigeria Postponed
The statement from the organizers said:
“The Winihin Jemide Series & Youth Experience Days Africa have both chosen to postpone the 2016 WJS/YEDA LEGEND EDITION with Pelé due to reports of his ill health on Friday 5th, 2016.
“We are sorry that we have to disappoint the many Pelé fans and Legend Edition supporters at this time, who were looking forward to this event.
“As we pray for his speedy and full recovery, we believe that it would be inconsiderate for us to put his health at risk.
“Our ticketing platforms will be offering a full refund on all tickets purchased and new dates for the event will be announced over the course of the next few weeks. We hope the new dates are suitable for everyone.
“The decision to postpone the event did not come easily and we want to express gratitude to sponsors and stakeholders.”
Pelé is the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, with 541 league goals.
During his career, Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and tour games.
He was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football for this.
During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world.
In Brazil, he is celebrated as a national hero for his accomplishments in football.