In this file photo taken on August 03, 2013 Brazilian soccer star and former Cosmos player Pele waves to the crowd before the New York Cosmos game at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (AFP)
"His death is a huge loss for supporters and football fans," said Patrice Motsepe, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Motsepe also hailed Pele's "commitment to improve the living conditions of the poor and marginalized".
The three-time World Cup winner, widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
His passing sparked a wave of emotion and tributes across the world as Brazil began a three-day national mourning.
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