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Football: Pele will be honored with a national stadium christening in Cape Verde

The nation's national stadium in Praia will be named after Pele, according to Prime Minister Dr. Ulisses Correira e Silva of Cape Verde.

The nation’s national stadium in Praia will be named after Pele, according to Prime Minister Dr. Ulisses Correira e Silva of Cape Verde.

The “Blue Sharks,” as the national team of Cape Verde is known, have called the 15,000-seat “Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde,” which was built in 2010 and inaugurated in 2014, home.

The leader of Cape Verde emphasized in a statement posted on Facebook that the choice is a result of the shared historical links his nation has with Brazil.

Given that they are two sister nations connected by language and extremely similar identities, Cape Verde and Brazil have a shared history and culture. The sentence was read.

“And with the bodily disappearance of Edson Arantes de Nascimento, King Pelé, a Brazilian citizen born who quickly rose to fame as a global legend demonstrating how sport has the ability to bring people together around the world, it is now our goal to pay honor to him,” the statement continued.

“Pelé is an icon that connects many generations and has been and always will be a reference in Brazil, in our Portuguese-speaking countries, and across the rest of the world.”

“In an initiative that, in my opinion, will be adopted by many nations throughout the world, I manifest the intention of renaming our national stadium as “Pelé Stadium” as a tribute and acknowledgment to this figure who makes us all wonderful.

Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, asked member organizations on Monday to rename a soccer stadium in their respective nations in honor of Pele, the only player to date to have won three world championships.

The football field inside the headquarters of the international governing body of football has been dubbed “Estadio Pele- FIFA Zurich.”

The prime minister of Cape Verde is hoping that other nations will follow their lead.

Since FIFA was the organization who issued the challenge, “We have already informed our desire to FIFA, and we hope to be able to conduct this symbolic deed soon.”

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