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Pele arrives in Nigeria tomorrow, leads Kanu, Rufai to Legend Camp


Former Brazilian footballer Pele. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Former Brazilian footballer Pele. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

World renowned footballer, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele, will arrive in Nigeria Thursday to begin a three-day visit that will see him joining some of the country’s soccer legends in mentoring youths drawn from across the nation in the rudiments of the game.

The three-day visit is part of the YEDA Legend edition 2016 organised by Winihin Jemide Series (WJS) and Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA).

Unveiling the programme in Lagos on Friday, the Event Coordinator, songstress, Chidimma Okebalama, also known as Chee, said the project “is focused on the development of football and the Nigerian youth and will bring together football loving teenagers, parents and key figures within Lagos State Government, corporates and football regulatory bodies.”

She added that it would include “a football clinic (football tournament/celebrity match), an exclusive dinner with Pele and other African football legends scheduled to hold on September 24. There will be chances for football aficionados to own Pele memorabilia at an auction during the dinner, whose proceeds will be donated to the Kanu Nwankwo Foundation and the City of David football academy.”

She said the football clinic, which will begin on Wednesday and end on Friday, would climax with a celebrity exhibition match featuring Kanu Nwankwo, Victor Ikpeba, Peter Rufai, Timi Dakolo and Gideon Okeke, among others, at the Campos Mini Stadium, Onikan Lagos.

According to Okebalama, children from the football clinic will be part of the team to feature in the Legend Cup tournament and photo session with Pele, adding that the exclusive dinner with hold at Skylounge, Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

She disclosed that tickets for the Legend Football Clinic is N5, 000 flat.

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