The recent visit of officials of Brazilian giant team Santos F.C to Nigeria, has revealed that one of the players who won the FIFA 1970 World Cup with the Brazilian national team was a Nigerian.
The revelation was made known by Max Pedro, an official of Santos Football Club F.C at the Palace of the 15th Aare of Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams in Lagos during their courtesy visit to his palace yesterday ,
While disclosing this, Max Pedro stated without mincing words that the popularly called Edu, whose full name is Jonas Eduardo Américo and also played alongside Pele in the squad that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup, is a Nigerian.
Pedro noted that a series of DNA tests conducted on him back in Brazil had shown he was 100% African, and his lineage was Nigerian.
He disclosed that Santos’ visit to Nigeria for a second time only afforded Edu an opportunity to make a second visit to Nigeria after his first visit with the Brazilian squad in 1969, when he played alongside Pele in the Ceasefire match which took place at the Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.