FIFA, the Football Federation of Nigeria (NFF) and former Super Eagles star Mutiu Adepoju paid tribute to the late Rashidi Yekini on the eight year anniversary of his death, Completesports.com reports.
Yekini passed away on May 4, 2012 at the age of 48 in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Remembering the late Yekini, FIFA published a video of the former striker Shooting Stars' goal against Bulgaria at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
It was Nigeria's first World Cup goal, with the Eagles winning 3-0.
“Rasheed Yekini produced one of the most iconic celebrations in the history of #WorldCup after scoring @NGSuperEagles' first goal in the competition.
"Africa sadly lost its greatest players of all time, #OnThisDay, in 2012, but its legend will live on forever," wrote FIFA on its Twitter account.
The NFF wrote: "Today we remember one of the most feared strikers in the world at his time, Rashidi Yekini, who came to glory on this day in 2012. May his soul continue to rest in peace".
And according to Adepoju, he recalled his fond memories of Yekini and his influence on the Super Eagles.
"In memory of Rasheed Yekini," wrote Adepoju in his fist.
“Today is the memory of this great man. Its greatness is so great that we still remember its exploits in the beautiful game.
“Dear companion, I am honored to play with you in the colors of Nigeria and that was a great achievement in itself. You always gave 100%.
“Whenever we look defeated, you always cast your magic wand and get us out of trouble with your goals.
“It was never a dull moment with you at camp, as everyone's ribs burst with your jokes. You were never a contentious person and saw everyone as your brother, regardless of your background.
“I will never forget you, Nigerians will never forget you. Forever in our hearts. Rest in peace, King Rasheed Yekini. You were created to score goals and your class remains unmatched! "
Born in Kaduna, of Yoruba origin, after starting his professional career in the Nigerian league, Yekini moved to Côte d'Ivoire to play for Africa Sports National.
From there, he went to Portugal and joined Vitória de Setúbal, where he lived his most memorable years, becoming the Premier League's top scorer in the 1993-94 season, after scoring 21 goals.
Other clubs he played for include Sporting Gijon, Olympiakos, FC Zurich, Abiola Babes, Julius Berger, Gateway.
He made his national team debut in 1984, scored 37 goals in 58 games before retiring from international football after the 1998 World Cup in France.
He remains the Super Eagles' top scorer.
He was the top scorer in the AFCONs of Senegal in 1992 and Tunisia in 1994, scoring four and five goals, respectively.
He helped Nigeria win the 1994 AFCON and participated in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
In addition, he was a member of the Eagles team at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
By James Agberebi
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