After the initial plan to bring him to Nigeria in August was shelved due to ill-health Brazilian football legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pelé, is set to visit the country on September 22 -23.
Pele’s visit is a part of a two-day programme focused on the development of football and the Nigerian youth. It starts with a football clinic with Pelé, a celebrity exhibition match and concludes with an exclusive dinner with selected guests and Pele.
There will also be an auction of Pelé’s memorabilia at the gala night. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to Proceeds from the auction will be donated to Kanu Nwankwo Foundation and the City of David Football Academy.
His then club, Santos, played against the Nigerian national side, then known as Green Eagles. The match ended 2-2 with Pelé scoring the two Santos goals.
The football legend has been involved in a number of charity activities with a focus on children, youth empowerment and campaign against societal ills. He has partnered with UNICEF and Great Ormond Street Hospital to raise funds for children’s causes. He was also appointed United Nations ambassador with a focus on environment protection. The Guardian