Rashidi Yekini: 5 years after the death of Nigeria’s highest goalscorer of all-time

Posted on May 04 2017 , at 05:41 pm
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  • He died aged 48.

Late Rashidi Yekini is one of Nigeria’s greatest footballers of all-time

Today, May 4, marks the fifth anniversary of Nigerian football legend, Rashidi Yekini‘s death

He died at the age of 48 in 2012 at about 9:35pm in Ibadan after battling mental illness for over a year.

Yekini was buried the following day according to Muslim rights, in his hometown in Irra, Offa, Kwara State.

Born October 23, 1964 in Kaduna, Yekini, who won the African Footballer of the Year award in 1993, is still the all-time highest goalscorer for Nigeria’s national team with 37 goals in 58 appearances.

Yekini celebrates his famous USA ’94 goal against Bulgaria.

In 1994, he scored Nigeria’s first-ever World Cup goal, during a 3–0 win against Bulgaria.

The moment he grabbed the goal net, crying and as well shaking it as he celebrated, remains one of the most iconic images in Nigerian football history.

His wife and children survive him, along with his aged mother, Sikiratu Yekini who recently won N2m on popular TV show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

May his soul continue to rest in peace.

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