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’.
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. #RIPYekini #GoalsFather #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jsStrong pic.twitter.com/MR6epbZcOe— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) May 4, 2020
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.