Adequate Security has been put in place ahead of the August 10 visit to Nigeria of football icon, Edson Arantes do Nacimento, popularly known as Pele.
At a press conference on Friday at the Astro Turf, Ikoyi, Lagos to herald the arrival of the Brazilian, who is regarded by many as the best footballer of all time, the organisers said everything had been put in place to make his visit a huge success.
The Winihin Jemide Seris (WJS), along with Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA), will be facilitating the WJS/YEDA Legend Edition 2016 with Pele.
The Legend Edition 2016 is a two-day event, from August 11 to12th, will focus on youth development and empowerment through a once-in-a-lifetime inspiring experience with Pele.
The event will involve football loving teenagers and parents, key figures from various state governments, the corporate sector and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
This event will include; a sports clinic (Legend tournament), a Gala Night with Pele and other African football legends; including an auction of Pele memorabilia at the Gala night.
Proceeds from the auction will be donated to an eligible local youth football academy.
Pele is renowned for many achievements including scoring 1,281 goals in his professional career, receiving an honorary knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, named “Athlete of the Century” and “Player of the Century,” by the International Olympic Committee and FIFA respectively, amongst others.
This is will be Pele’s second visit to Nigeria; the first in 1967, was occasioned by a two-day cease fire during the Nigerian Civil War, which allowed the warring sides to watch the Pele and Santos team play an exhibition match in Lagos.
WJS is an organisation which provides engaging platforms to facilitate deeper understandings, through conversations that drive nation building consciousness, gender inclusiveness, community development, youth empowerment and ultimately transformative thinking.
YEDA is structured to identify, encourage and develop high potential youth become responsible citizens of society as well as ascend to leadership positions within various sectors of the economy/society.