NFF, CAF Mourn ‘King’ Pele
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Confederation of African Football (CAF) have joined the entire world in mourning Brazilian football legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento popularly known as Pele.
Pele, who had been suffering with kidney and prostrate problems in recent years died on Thursday.
“We express our sorrow following the sad passing of football icon and Brazilian great Edson Arantes Do Nascimento ‘Pele.’ We mourn his demise with the rest of the football family worldwide and the Brazilian football family in particular. May his soul rest in peace,” the NFF wrote on their official Twitter handle.
CAF tweeted: “The football World mourns one of the greatest icons of all-time.
Our thoughts and condolences go to Pele’s family and friends. 🙏.”
He is credited with scoring a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during a 21-year career, including 77 goals in 92 matches for his country.
The only player to win the World Cup three times, lifting the trophy in 1958, 1962 and 1970, Pele was named Fifa’s Player of the Century in 2000.