Rashidi Yekini celebrates scoring in Nigeria’s Three-Zero win over Bulgaria on the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA. Photograph: FIFA.com
Soccer governing physique, FIFA, the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF) in addition to soccer greats have paid glowing tributes to Rashidi Yekini, eight years after his demise.
Rashidi Yekini handed away on Could four, 2012 in Ibadan, Oyo State on the age of 48.
“Today we remember one of the World’s most feared strikers of his time, Rashidi Yekini who passed on to glory on this day in 2012. May his soul continue to Rest In Peace,” the NFF wrote on its official Twitter deal with.
At the moment we bear in mind one of many World’s most feared strikers of his time, Rashidi Yekini who handed on to glory on at the present time in 2012. Could his soul proceed to Relaxation In Peace. #RIPYekini #GoalsFather #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jsStrong pic.twitter.com/MR6epbZcOe
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) Could four, 2020
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FIFA posted on its World Cup Twitter deal with, Yekini’s celebration after netting Nigeria’s first aim within the competitors in 1994, describing it as one of the iconic aim jubilations within the match’s historical past.
“Rasheed Yekini produced one of the most iconic celebrations in #WorldCup history after scoring the @NGSuperEagles’ first-ever goal in the competition,” stated the soccer physique.
“Africa sadly lost of its greatest-ever players #OnThisDay in 2012, but his legend will live on eternally.”
🇳🇬 Rasheed Yekini produced one of the iconic celebrations in #WorldCup historical past after scoring the @NGSuperEagles’ first-ever aim within the competitors 🦅
🌍 Africa sadly misplaced of its greatest-ever gamers #OnThisDay in 2012, however his legend will reside on eternally pic.twitter.com/NBn8FHkUNJ
— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) Could four, 2020
His former teammates, Mutiu Adepoju and a former Tremendous Eagles captain and coach, Sunday Oliseh, reminisced their days enjoying collectively for the nationwide workforce.
“8 years ago today,” Oliseh tweeted, “we lost Nigeria’s greatest striker of all time in Rashidi Yekini. May his blessed soul rest in peace.”
In a eulogy to the late footballer, Adepoju who was referred to as the “Headmaster” in his enjoying days, recalled how Yekini rescued the workforce in troublesome instances.
Based on a sequence of tweets on his official Twitter deal with, he described enjoying alongside the previous Vitoria Setubal aim poacher as an honour, including that Yekini gave his all for the nation.
“Whenever we seem down and defeated, you always conjure your magic wand and get us out of trouble with your goals,” he wrote. “It was by no means a uninteresting second with you in camp as everybody’s ribs can be cracked at your jokes.
“You have been by no means a contentious particular person and also you noticed everybody as your brother not minding their backgrounds. I’ll always remember you, Nigerians will always remember you. At all times in our hearts. Relaxation in peace king Rasheed Yekini. You have been created to attain targets and your class stays unmatched!”
In loving reminiscence of Rasheed Yekini #Legend #Immortality 🇳🇬💕🕯️ pic.twitter.com/nK0F5GawW1
— Mutiu Adepoju (@MutiuAdepoju8) Could four, 2020
For an ex-Ghanaian defender, Anthony Baffoe, the previous Abiola Babes star was one of many continent’s most dreaded strikers.
Baffoe tweeted: “One of Africa’s most terrific strikers Rashidi Yekini -today marks his 8th year of leaving us. Continue resting in peace Rashidi.”
Certainly one of Africa’s most terrific strikers Rashidi Yekini -today marks his eighth 12 months of leaving us.Proceed resting in peace Rashidi 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/MuIggfjwBt
— Anthony Baffoe (@AnthonyBaffoe) Could four, 2020
The late Yekini was born in Kaduna and commenced his soccer profession within the Nigerian league the place he featured for groups like Abiola Babes, Julius Berger, and Gateway.
His stint overseas noticed him lining up for Africa Sports activities Nationwide of Ivory Coast from the place he teamed up with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal and emerged as Primeira Liga’s prime scorer within the 1993–94 marketing campaign.
He struck 21 instances throughout that season and went forward to play for Sporting Gijon, Olympiakos, and FC Zurich.
Yekini made his senior debut for Nigeria in 1984 and went on to web 37 targets in 58 matches – the best to this point within the nation’s historical past – till his retirement after the 1998 World Cup.
On the Senegal 1992 and Tunisia 1994 AFCONs, he scored 4 and 5 targets respectively, to emerge as the highest scorer. Yekini was a member of the Tremendous Eagles facet that performed within the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and likewise featured within the 1988 Seoul Olympics.