Rashidi Yekini Was My Football Idol – Garba Lawal

Rashidi Yekini Was My Football Idol – Garba Lawal

Former Super Eagles forward Garba Lawal has revealed that Late Super Eagles goal machine Rashidi Yekini was his major source of football inspiration.

Lawal said he was opportuned to play with Yekini in the National team at the same club where his playing style inspired him greatly.

Nigerian players pose for the official team picture, 24 June at the Stadium in Toulouse, south of France, before their 1998 Soccer World Cup third Group D first-round match against Paraguay. (Standing from top left: Kanu, Sunday Oliseh, Taribo West, Peter Rufai, Uche Okafor, Rashidi Yekini; bottom left, Augustine Eguavoen, Ben Iroha, Wilson Oruma, Garba Lawal, Tijani Babangida)
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In an interview with brila.net, the former Levski Sofia winger said Yekini joined his club in Kaduna back in the days but did not stay for more than a season before 3SC snapped him up.


“Rashidi’s style of play and how he banged in the goals was the drive and the source of motivation that kept me in the mode for continuous hard work.


“I had some more experience playing with him at Shooting Stars alongside another legend, Tijani Babangida.


“I have always followed his footsteps, admiring his style of play, he just can’t stop scoring as a striker, he knows where the goal post is every time “. Lawal ended.


Lawal is regarded as one of the most versatile players in the Nigerian national football team of the 1990s and early 2000s often being used for any position ranging from defense to attack on the left-wing.


Lawal took part in the FIFA World Cups in 1998, where he played a key role in the 3-2 win over Spain in Nigeria’s first match of the tournament, and in 2002.

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