Football’s governing body FIFA and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Saturday paid tributes to Nigeria’s all-time highest goalscorer, Rashidi Yekini, who died seven years ago.
The 1993 African footballer of the year 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.
The first player to score a World Cup goal for the Super Eagles, his passionate celebration will always have its place in the history of the tournament. pic.twitter.com/la35PP8psK
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) May 4, 2019
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) May 4, 2019
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) May 4, 2016
Rest on Goals Father!!! (1963-2012) With his 37 great goals for the Super Eagles, he remains all time top goal banger for the Eagles. https://t.co/9pICpTNUSp
— 🇳🇬 Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) May 4, 2019