The Kwara state Football Association on Monday, joined millions of football enthusiasts around the globe in paying emotional tribute to late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini on the 8th anniversary of his death.
Malam Idris Musa Abdullahi, Chairman of state FA, in a release made available through the Kwara FA Head of Media & Publicity, Bolaji Lawal, described Yekini as one of the country’s most beloved players and a true reflection of a Nigeria footballer.
He assured that his board will proposed to the state government to rename the state stadium in Ilorin after Yekini as part of efforts to Immortalized his contributions to Nigeria Football and memory of his death, while also confirming that a football competition, in his honour, is in the pipeline for local clubs in the state.
The statement also stated that the FA will continue to garner further support for Rashidi’s family through the football industry, Kwara state government and other possible channels.
News Hub Mag! recalls that Late Rashidi Yekini, was Nigeria all time goal scorer with 37 goals from 58 appearances. He died during a brief illness at the age of 48 on May 4, 2012.
He scored the country’s first ever FIFA World Cup goal at the 1994 finals held in the United States during a 3-0 group stage win over Bulgaria.
Yekini represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World cups and was the first Nigerian to be voted Africa footballer of the year in 1993.
His club career began with Shooting Stars and he went to play in Europe, notably Spain, Greece, Portugal and Switzerland before returning to play in the Nigeria League.