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Brazilian football star Pelé in Egypt after 41 years

During his visit, Pele met with Egypt’s Youth Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz

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Brazilian football legend Pelé visited Egypt on Saturday for the first time in 41 years to celebrate the second international Copa Coca Cola youth football tournament.

Pelé, commonly known as “The Black Pearl,” met with Egypt’s Youth Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz during his visit, the Egyptian daily news website al Ahram reported Sunday.

"This tournament will help young players join big European teams as well as support national teams in the near future," Abdel-Aziz told reporters regarding the participation of Egyptian players in the international tournament.

Upon arrival, the 73-year-old footballer was greeted by Egyptian sports officials and fans, according to the website.

The event, organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Sports, is being held from Feb. 14 to March 4.

The international football tournament is held in numerous countries, uniting more than one million young football players from over 60 countries around the world.