President Wavel Ramkalawan has sent a message of recognition following the passing of Pelé, the legendary Brazilian soccer player.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on 23 October 1940, Pelé began his professional career at 15 and has for many years during his football career regaled fans across the world and in Seychelles with his excellent football skills. Considered as one or the world’s finest footballers of all time, Pele visited Seychelles on February 18, 1979.
A Pele Cup was organized between Rovers and a selection of players from the different local sides. The match ended 1-1.
“The world has lost an icon and legendary footballer who during the prime of his football career gave us much entertainment and hope. Pelé, coming from very humble beginnings was also a source of inspiration and a symbol of perseverance proving that with hard work and determination any dream is attainable. Pelé leaves behind a legacy of hope paving the way for many future athletes a dream of which I hope our younger generation will find inspiration from and follow in his footsteps.”
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of State House – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles.