Cape Verde names national stadium after Gianni Infantino’s wish for Pelé

Cape Verde will name their national stadium after Brazilian soccer legend Pele, who died last month after a battle with cancer.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said at Pele’s funeral earlier this week that he wanted every country to name a stadium after the three-time world champion.

Infantino told local media in Brazil: “We will ask every country in the world to name one of its soccer stadiums with the name Pele.”

Cape Verde’s Prime Minister Jose Ulisses Correia e Silva has now announced that the African country will name its national stadium “Estadio Pele”.

Cape Verde may be a small group of islands off the west coast of Africa, but it 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 has been and will always be a reference in Brazil, in our Portuguese-speaking countries and the rest of the world, and an idol that connects multiple generations.

“In homage and recognition of this character who makes us all great, I express my intention to name our national stadium ‘Estadio Pele’, an initiative that I believe several countries around the world will follow.

“We have already communicated our intention to FIFA because this institution created the challenge and we hope to be able to complete this symbolic act soon.”

Silva also invited the Cape Verdean public to give their thoughts on the decision.

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