Baku, January 5, AZERTAC
Cape Verde are to name their national stadium after Brazilian football legend Pele, who died last month following a battle with cancer, according to The Athletic.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino, speaking at Pele’s funeral earlier this week, had said that he wanted every country to name a stadium after the three-time World Cup winner.
Infantino told local media in Brazil: “We’re going to ask every country in the world to name one of their football stadiums with the name of Pele.”
Cape Verde prime minister, Jose Ulisses Correia e Silva, has now said the African country will name their national stadium ‘Estadio Pele’.
Cape Verde, though a small group of islands off the west coast of Africa, has strong ties with the Portuguese-speaking world after gaining independence from the European nation in 1975.
In a translated statement on Facebook, Silva said: “Pele was and always will be a reference in Brazil, in our Portuguese-speaking countries, and the rest of the world, and an idol that links several generations.
“As a tribute and recognition to this figure that makes us all great, I manifest the intention to name our national stadium as ‘Estadio Pele’, an initiative that, I believe, will be followed by several countries around the world.
“We have already communicated our intention to FIFA, because it was that institution that launched the challenge, and we hope to be able to perform this symbolic act soon.”
Silva also invited the Cape Verde public to give their thoughts on the decision.
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