FIFA, NFF, Fans Remember Nigeria’s Legend Rashidi Yekini Seven Years After

Akinola Ajibola  
Updated May 4, 2019
FIFA, NFF, Remember Nigeria's Legend Rashidi Yekini Seven Years After
A file photo of Rashidi Yekini. Photo: [email protected]

 

The memories of Nigerian football legend, Rashidi Yekini, have continued to remain fresh not just for his fans in the country, but also for football lovers across the world.

Seven years after he passed on, the world’s football governing body, FIFA and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) among others took to Twitter on Saturday to pay tributes to the 1993 African footballer of the year.

The former Super Eagles forward who was born in Kaduna State started his professional footballing career in the Nigerian league, before moving to Côte d’Ivoire to play for Africa Sports National.

He also played for Portuguese side, Vitoria de Setubal, where he became the top goal scorer of the country’s first division in the 1993–94 Season, with 34 goals in 32 matches.

The first Nigerian to win the African Footballer of the Year also made his mark for Olympiacos FC, Sporting de Gijón, and FC Zürich, among others before returning to Africa where he later retired from international football.

Yekini is Nigeria’s highest scorer with 37 goals in 58 appearances, a record which is yet to be broken.

He died in a private hospital in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on May 4, 2012, at the age of 48.

Read some the tweets from FIFA, NFF, and others below: