Sports Minister Sunday Dare Remembers Super Eagles Legend, Yekini

Sports Minister Sunday Dare Remembers Super Eagles Legend, Yekini

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday  Dare has described the late Rashidi Yekini as one of the best strikers the African continent has produced on the eighth year anniversary of his death.


According to Sunday Dare, “He was a delight to watch during his playing days. He scored some of the most fantastic goals that left some goalkeepers helpless.


“Rashidi Yekini will forever be remembered as a legend of football in Africa, not just Nigeria”.

Rashidi Yekini

Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria’s first goal at the world cup in a 3-0 win against Bulgari | Getty Images

Dare concluded by saying, “May his soul continue to rest in peace”.


Yekini, an all-time highest goal scorer of the Nigerian senior national team making 58 appearances and scoring 37 goals for the team, passed away on the 4th of May, 2012 at the age of 48.


A native of Oyo state, Rashidi Yekini was born in Kaduna and began his professional football career in Ivory Coast. Some of the clubs he played in the country include;  Abiola babes, 3SC, Julius Berger, and Gateway FC where he retired as a footballer.


The former Africa footballer of the year was Primeira Liga’s top scorer in the 1993-94 season scoring 21 goals. The high point in his professional football career was in Portugal where he played for Victoria de  Setubal.



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