WJS/YEDA Announce New Date for Pele’s Visit


The visit to Nigeria of Brazilian football icon, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka Pele, earlier scheduled for August 10 has now been rescheduled to September 21.

The Brazilian football legend was earlier billed to arrive in Nigeria last month but was postponed due to ill health.

The organisers of the visit- Winihin Jemide Series and Youth Experience Days Africa have now set new dates for the 2016 WJS/YEDA Legend Edition with Pelé following confirmation from him on his improved health and enthusiasm towards his visit to Nigeria.

Activities for the event will be spread over two days, commencing with the gala evening on Friday September 23, and culminating with the youth sports clinic and celebrity exhibition match the next day.

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 2-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.