FIFA remembers Rasheed Yekini

FIFA remembers Rasheed Yekini
May 04 22:35 2016

The Federation of International
Football Associations (FIFA), on
Wednesday remembered Nigeria’s
late ex-international, Rasheed
Yekini, four years after his death.
In a statement on the world
football governing body’s website,
FIFA looked back on Yekini’s
memorable goal which became
historic and the subsequent
celebration.
Yekini, who is Nigeria’s highest
goal scorer (37 goals) till date,
died of illness on May 4, 2012, at
the age of 48.

He entered history books after
scoring the Super Eagles’ first
ever FIFA World Cup goal at the
1994 finals held in the U.S. in the
3-0 group stage win over
Bulgaria.
“Yekini, who played for several
clubs in Spain, Greece, Portugal
and Switzerland, could hardly
believe he had scored and
spontaneously grabbed the net,
shaking it and crying in
celebration.
“

The photo of the Nigerian
international captivated the world
and even today the former striker
remains a respected figure in the
global football family,” the
statement added.
Yekini, who represented the
nation in five major tournaments,
including two World Cups, was
the first Nigerian to be voted
African Footballer of the Year in
1993.
He helped the Super Eagles to win
the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in
Tunisia, where he also topped the
goal charts and was named best
player of the competition.
He also participated at the Olympic level in
Seoul in 1988.

(NAN)