Under the watchful gaze of the Sphinx, footballing legend Pele launched the second season of the Copa Coca-Cola youth competition.
Speaking during a press conference on Sunday at the Giza plateau, Pele expressed his excitement at being in Egypt and his hope that the Egyptian national team would qualify for the next World Cup, having missed out on qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Discussing this summer’s competition, the Brazilian legend said that he believes the four strongest teams in the competition are Brazil, Spain, Germany and Argentina. He added that countries like Italy and Holland are also ones to watch.
During his visit Pele gave young fans the chance to meet him and also met with Egypt’s Street Child World Cup team, who will be heading to Brazil to take part in their own competition this summer.
Pele extended his stay in Egypt by 24 hours to attend a Paralympics qualification series, which is known as the Magda Mousa Cup. Pele’s presence at the qualification games was to “motivate the Egyptian Paralympic athletes”, who competed against teams from Libya, Algeria and Morocco.