The Akwa Ibom State Government is demanding that Brazilian football legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, refunds a $300,000 (more than N135 million) appearance fee paid him after he failed to grace the opening of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo about two years ago.
The 30,000-capacity stadium, which at the weekend played host to Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria, was opened by the then Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, on November 7, 2014, with the King of Football Pele billed to appear at the elaborate event.
It was learnt that the iconic Brazilian did not grace the occasion even after his agents received a $300,000 payment.
The rationale behind is absence, it was gathered, was because of a shift in dates for the opening of the multi-million dollar sporting edifice nicknamed ‘The Nest of Champions’.
AfricanFootball quoted a top source in state as saying that the government has since been demanding that the appearance fee be refunded and so far their efforts have come to void.