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Remembering Rashidi Yekini: 12 Years After His Passing

Former Super Eagles Players and Football Enthusiasts Pay Tribute to Nigeria’s All-Time Top Scorer

In commemoration of the 12th anniversary of Rashidi Yekini’s passing, former Super Eagles players and football enthusiasts gathered to honor the legacy of the prolific striker. Yekini, who remains Nigeria’s all-time top scorer, passed away at the age of 48 after battling illness, leaving behind a remarkable career marked by numerous achievements.

Yekini’s death, shrouded in uncertainty following reports of his kidnapping, continues to evoke a mix of pride in his accomplishments and sorrow over his untimely demise. Despite the passage of time, the football community still feels the impact of his loss, with fond memories of his contributions to Nigerian football.

Former Super Eagles coach, George Finidi, reflected on his personal connection with Yekini, recalling the historic goal they shared during the 1994 World Cup. “His passing was sad for everyone,” Finidi remarked, echoing the sentiments of many who admired Yekini’s talent and dedication to the sport.

Sunday Oliseh, another former Eagles coach and Yekini’s teammate, emphasized the enduring significance of his legacy. “He gave his all to our country, and his exploits are there for us all to see for others to emulate and learn from,” Oliseh said, underscoring Yekini’s lasting impact on Nigerian football.

Journalist Oluwashina Okeleji took to social media to honor Yekini’s memory, highlighting his achievements and the complex emotions surrounding his death.

Even Yekini’s former club, Gateway United, joined in commemorating his legacy. Niyi Soleye, the club’s acting general manager, fondly remembered Yekini’s time with the team, describing him as not only a prolific goal scorer but also a respected figure both on and off the pitch.

As the football community reflects on Yekini’s life and career, his legacy continues to inspire future generations of Nigerian footballers, ensuring that his contributions to the sport will never be forgotten.

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