– Pele’s second visit to Nigeria has been postponed due to illness
– He was supposed to be in Nigeria for a two-day programme starting on August 11.
The Winihin Jemide Series (WJS) and Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA) 2016 legend edition with Pele has been postponed, the organizers in Lagos disclosed on Monday, August 8. According to the organizers, Pele who was supposed to be in the country for a two-day programme starting on August 11 will not be available due to ill health.
Pele The statement read: “We are sorry that we have to disappoint the many Pele fans and legend of edition supporters at this time who are looking forward to this event. “As we pray for his speedy and full recovery, we believe that it would be inconsiderate for us to put his health at risk.
“Our ticketing platforms will be offering a full refund on all ticket purchased and a new date for the event will be announced over the course of the next few weeks. “We hope the new dates will be suitable for everyone. “The decision to postpone the event did not come easily and we want to express gratitude to sponsors and stakeholders.” Pele was set to make his second visit to Nigeria until his illness.
His first visit came in 1967 and was occasioned by a 2-day cease fire during the Nigerian Civil War, which saw Pele and Santos FC team play an exhibition match in Lagos state. The Brazilian won the first of his three World Cups as a 17-year-old at Sweden ’58 before adding two more titles at Chile ’62 and Mexico ’70.