The Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has paid tribute to former Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini who died on the 12th of May, 2012.
In a release signed by the ministry’s media department, Dare described Yekini as one of the best strikers the world has ever since coming from the African continent.
“He was a delight to watch during his playing days,” Dare said. “He scored some of the most fantastic goals that left goalkeepers helpless.”
Yekini was suffered from bipolar disorder, depression, and some other undisclosed psychiatric condition and died in Ibadan on May 4, 2012, at the age of 48.
The Sports Minister added, “Rashidi Yekini will forever be remembered as a legend of football in Africa, not just Nigeria”.
“May his soul continue to rest in peace,” Dare concluded.
Yekini is Nigeria’s all-time highest goal scorer with 37 goals from 58 international appearances in all competitions. He scored the country’s first-ever World Cup goal in USA against Bulgaria in a 3-0 victory.
Yekini, a native of Kwara State was born in Kaduna, he played for clubs like Abiola babes, 3SC, Julius Berger and Gateway FC.
He scored 201 career goals in 311 appearances and helped Nigeria win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia.
Yekini won the African Footballer of the Year Award in 1993 and was Primeira Liga’s top scorer in the 1993-94 season scoring 21 goals for Vitória Setúbal.
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