NFF & FIFA remember Yekini who died on this day

NFF & FIFA remember Yekini who died on this day

NFF and FIFA remember Super Eagles legend Rashidi Yekini who died on this day nine years ago May 4 2012.

The Kaduna-born scored a remarkable 37 goals in 58 appearances in Nigeria after represented three-time Africa Champions in three Afcon and two FIFA World Cups where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition.

Yekini becomes the first Nigerian to win African Footballer of the Year after he crowned in 1993, which heralded a period of success in the 1990s. Amunike (1994), Nwankwo Kanu (1996 and 1999) and Victor Ikpeba (1997) claimed the coveted award in the 90s, while Okocha ended runner-up in ’98.

NFF and FIFA paid an emotional tribute to Super Eagles top scorer Yekini who died on this day nine years ago.

Today we remember, Nigeria’s all-time goal scorer who passed on to glory on this day in 2012. Continue to rest in peace “GoalsFather.”#WeRememberYekini

— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) May 4, 2021

💚 Remembering the late Rashidi Yekini.

😢 The scorer of @NGSuperEagles‘ first #WorldCup goal passed away nine years today at the age of just 48.

— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) May 4, 2021

 Yekini started his career with UNTL Kaduna before a spell at Shooting Stars, Abiola Babes, Africa Sports, Vitória Setúbal, Olympiacos, Sporting Gijón, FC Zürich, Bizerte, Al-Shabab, Julius Berger and Gateway before hanging his boot with 164 goals for club football.

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