NFF places Rashidi Yekini, Okwaraji’s mothers on monthly stipend

tributes pour in for Rashidi Yekini eight years after death
Late Rashidi Yekini

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has placed the mothers of Rashidi Yekini and Samuel Okwaraji, late Super Eagles internationals, on a monthly stipend of N30,000.

In a Twitter post on Thursday, the federation said the decision was taken so as to support the initiative by Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports development.

Dare had pledged a N10,000 monthly stipend for Yekini’s mother during the 8th year remembrance of the late football icon.

“In furtherance to, and in appreciation of, the recent pronouncement of the HM Sports @SundayDareSD to put the mothers of late ex-internationals Sam Okwaraji and Rashidi Yekini on a monthly stipend, the NFF has decided to support this noble initiative with a further monthly stipend of N30k to each of the two matriarchs,” the NFF wrote.

The federation also said it will review the situation of surviving mothers of former internationals who died in active service for the nation.

“In addition, the NFF will henceforth review the situation of surviving mothers of our ex-internationals that died in active service for the country and resolve what to do for them on a monthly basis,” it added.

Yekini, who died eight years ago, represented Nigeria in five major tournaments. He also earned 58 appearances for the national team, scoring 37 goals — making him the country’s all time highest goal scorer.

Okwaraji, on the other hand, breathed his last ten minutes from the end of a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifier game against Angola in Lagos on August 12, 1989.

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