Story by Anashe Murombedzi
Zimbabweans have joined the World in paying tribute to the late world football icon and Brazilian legend Pelé, describing him as the greatest of all time.
The ZBC News crew took to the streets of Harare where Zimbabweans had nothing but praise for the late football legend who died this Thursday.
“It is a great loss indeed because he is that person who deserves to be the greatest of all time and him being the only player who won three World Cups in a row shows how great he was,” a fan said.
Former Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa whose coaching skills were fine-tuned in Pele’s native Brazil said the football fraternity has lost a great player whose footballing skills were next to none.
“For me, Pelé was dominant at a time I was young and he was a player we watched during the time when the World Cup was shown on TVs. He was a great player and in my opinion, he was ahead of Maradona and we learnt quite a lot from when we were young especially when Brazil won the World Cup in 1970 and I used to admire him because we used to learn football skills on TV imitating him because we had no coaches so it’s a sad loss,” Chidzambwa said.
Pelé died on Thursday at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo after a long battle with cancer.
He might be gone, but he left an indelible mark in the world of football and his legacy will live on.