It has been four years since Nigeria’s football legend, Rashidi Yekini passed away but his greatness on the pitch will never be forgotten.

Yekini died at 48 after a suffering from a brief illness in 2012 and was buried in Kwara state.

He scored the Super Eagle’s first ever World Cup goal at the 1994 Tournament in USA.

Even in death, he still holds the record as the highest goal scorer for the Super Eagles with 37 goals and was the first Nigerian to be voted as African Player Of The Year in 1994.

On May 4, the 4th anniversary of his death, his former colleague, Sunday Oliseh, and other Nigerians paid tribute to him on Twitter.

They remembered his goal scoring feats.

His dedication to the game.

And how he scored a hat trick at 39.

People like him deserve better treatment from the government.

Legends like Rashidi Yekini should be officially recognised for their impact and influence on the country. We hope football bodies in Nigeria ensure proper recognition and celebration of Nigerian football legends.


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