Today makes it four years since the death of Rashidi Yekini and 366football remembers the Nigerian icon.
Born on the 23rd of October 1963, Yekini started his professional career with UNTL of Kaduna, before switching to Shooting Stars of Ibadan in 1982. He also played for Abiola Babes between 1984 to 1987, before moving to Africa Sports of Cote d’ Ivoire in 1987.
He would go on to feature for Vitória Setúbal, Olympiacos, Sporting Gijón, FC Zürich, Bizerte, Al-Shabab, Julius Berger and Gateway.
His 37 goals for Nigeria makes him the leading scorer in the history of the Super Eagles till date. Those goals came in only 58 matches for the team.
He also scored Nigeria’s first ever World Cup goal in the 3-0 win over Bulgaria at the 1994 World Cup in the USA.
He represented Nigeria at three Africa Cup of Nations (’90, ’92, ’94), two World Cups (’94, ’98) and one Olympic Games (’88).
He was also named the African footballer of the year 1993.
He died on May 4, 2012, after reportedly suffering from bipolar disorder.
We celebrate the ‘gangling striker’ today. Rest on goal-banger.
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