Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) paid an emotional tribute to Super Eagles top scorer Rashidi Yekini who died on this day May 4 2012.

The Kaduna-born scored a remarkable 37 goals in 58 appearances and he represented Nigeria in five major tournaments, including two FIFA World Cups where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition. He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993.

However, since Yekini departure national team set up three-time African Champions has failed to produce a 25-goal striker, despite numerous talents being dubbed as the ‘New Yekini’.

Yekini started his career with UNTL Kaduna before a spell at Shooting Stars, Abiola Babes, Africa Sports, Vitória Setúbal, Olympiacos, Sporting Gijón, FC Zürich, Bizerte, Al-Shabab, Julius Berger and Gateway.

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