Sunday, 18 September 2016

Pele arrives in Nigeria Wednesday, leads Kanu, Rufai to YEDA Legend Camp

Former Brazilian footballer Pele. / AFP
PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
World renowned footballer, Edson
Arantes do Nascimento, popularly
known as Pele, will arrive in Nigeria
on Wednesday 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.