By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon


Brazil and world football legend Pele has lost his younger brother aged 77.

Jair Arantes do Nacimento ‘Zoca’, died on Thursday. He made 15 appearances for Santos, scoring four goals in a brief spell at a club where Pele is a living god.

Zoca had been suffering from prostate cancer and was admitted in a hospital in São Paulo.

In the 60s, Jair tried to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious brother Pele at Santos, but his spell with the club was brief, with just 15 appearances and four goals, no where close to Pele’s legend.

He later quit playing to become his brother’s adviser, handling Pele’s business enterprises.

“Jair Arantes do Nacimento, ‘Zoca’, brother of our king (Pele), passed away on Wednesday night aged 77. During his younger years, Zoca played for Peixão at youth level. Our condolences to our idol Pele and his family. Rest In Peace Zoca,” Santos said in a statement posted on social media.

Santos have also announced that they will be holding a candle service at the Acrópole Ecuménica Cemetery in Santos but with restricted access due to fears of the Covid-19 virus.

Pele who has had health problems of his own is unlikely to attend. The world football legend who turns 80 in October rarely attends funerals.

He was a notable absence in the funeral of his former teammate Antonio Wilson Vieira Honório, who passed away in March 2019.


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