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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

FIFA Remembers Rasheed Yekini



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, it looked back on his 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 US 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 statement read.

“The photo of the Nigerian international captivated the world and even today the former striker remains a respected figure in the global football family.”

Yekini represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups.

In 1993, he became the first Nigerian to be voted African Footballer of the Year.

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.

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