Rashidi Yekini, Nigerian Football Legend Reported Dead

Rashidi Yekini, the famous Nigerian football legend is reportedly dead.

Rashidi YekiniHe was reportedly sick for a while before passing on this evening.

As a footballer, he brought victory to Nigeria by scoring Nigeria’s Ever FIFA World Cup goal, clutching the goal net thereafter behind the Bulgarian goalkeeper in a scream that reverberated around the world. He scored a total of 34 goals in 58 Appearances for the Super Eagles.

Additionally, Yekini also helped the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, where he also topped the goal charts, and participated at Olympic level, in Seoul 1988. He was part of the team that participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1998 World Cup.

Yekini was born in Kaduna. After starting his professional career in the Nigerian league, he moved to Cote d’Ivoire to play for Africa Sports National. From there he went to Portugal and Vitoria de Setubal, where he experienced his most memorable years, eventually becoming the Portuguese first division’s top scorer, in 1993-1994, as his performances (32 matches, 34 goals) earned him the title of African Footballer of the Year in 1993, the first ever from the nation.

In the 1994 summer, Yekini was bought by Olympiacos FC, but did not get along with teammates and left. His career never really got back on track, not even upon a return to Setubal, which happened after another unassuming spell, in La Liga with Sporting de Gijon. He successively played with FC Zurich, Club Athletique Bizertin and Al-Shabab Riyadh, before rejoining Africa Sports. In 2003, at 39, he returned to the Nigerian championship with Julius Berger FC.

In 2005, 41-year old Yekini made a short comeback, moving alongside former national teammate Mobi Oparaku to Gateway FC.

Rashidi Yekini’s name would forever be remembered in the history of Nigerian football for his great achievements. He was aged 49.

May his soul Rest In Peace.

Biography: Wikipedia

  1. Princw Wali Reply

    May his soul rest in peace.Amen.

  2. silverline Ekeoma Reply

    May his soul rest in peace. What a great fall! Died as a mental challenge person.

  3. silverline Ekeoma Reply

    May his soul rest in peace. What a great fall! He Died as a mental challenged person.

  4. Anna Reply

    May his soul RIPP

  5. Dr. Etuka C Obinwa Reply

    Great striker, best scorer and wonderful footballer.

  6. Orum Nelson Reply

    May his gentle soul R.I.P…..ur goals will always be remebered Yekini

  7. Ibrahim dauda Reply

    May ur soul rest in perfect peace.love u.. but God luvs u d most

    • Olufemi Orekoya Reply

      Whaaoo! What a big lost! I used to know him as a kid at Ibadan,very unassuming man.He left too soon. May his soul rest in peace. NFF should start a programme that remember and take good care of our former players. Rasheed name must be immortalised.

  8. Adeche Sola Reply

    He made a statement by scoring that first world cup goal for 9jah. May his soul rest in peace

  9. Nneka Atufunwa Reply

    What a great loss..REST IN PEACE, YEKINI

  10. Herema Maurice Reply

    Good bye to my legend. RIP

  11. patience Reply

    R I P Yekini

  12. jessie Reply

    May his soul rest in peace. What a great fall! He Died as a mental challenged person.

  13. Umar mustafa Reply

    May his gentle soul rest in peace

  14. Dammy Reply

    May his soul rest in peace

  15. cameo Reply

    nigeria leader are all fools so they cant help him when he was alive and they all no that the guy is not akoy but they forget him.
    shame to you alll

  16. cameo Reply

    may his soul rest in peace

  17. adebayo seun damilarey Reply

    may his soul rest in perfect peace

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  19. Ismail Nuhu Reply

    May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  20. Paul Reply

    Rest in peace great footballer of this generation!

  21. shade omo Reply

    May his soul rest in peace will miss U̶̲̥̅̊ dearly

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