Football legend, Rashidi Yekini, dies in Ibadan

One of Africa’s most celebrated footballer Rashidi Yekini is dead.

Yekini, 49, passed on in ibadan today with causes of the painful death yet to be ascertained.

The gangling striker, who will be remembered mostly for his goal scoring prowess, has been living a secluded life in the ancient city of Ibadan and at different times falling ill.

Born in Kaduna, Yekini played for several club locally and internationally

His phenomena scoring record earned him the title of African Footballer of the Year in 1993, the first ever by any Nigeria.

Amongst other records set, Yekini also prides himself as the first Nigerian to score in the World Cup.

A senior teammate, Segun Odegbami had recently hinted that he was doing every thing possible to bring Yekini from seclusion and have him partner in an unnamed project.

Read more about Yekini here



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  • Guest

    9ja too FAKE

  • Babayaro

    Inna lillahi wa Inna Ilaihirrajiun. May his soul rest in piece. He was my Senior in school (Shehu Abduallahi primary sch) and a close friend/team to my Elder Brother. He actually taught me how to catch crabs and big rats in the watery holes of Kigo road, Kaduna. His household name in school is Rashid Gafiya. He has always been humble and came from a humble and religious home. While we pray for Allahs forgiveness on his soul. I pray Nigeria will wake up to value its heroes while they are alive. Boda Rashidi Has served God, Nigeria, humanity and football for now only God can reward him for his selfless service. I dont blame any player who puts Nigeria after his club because this si the kind of horror that keeps hunting them over decades. Rest in perfect peace Boda Rashidi!!!

  • Dr. Ibrahim Usman Kusfa

    We are all from Allah & to Him our return shall be! Adieu Rashid Yakini, adieu goal sensor & adieu the goal king of African continent. My heart felt sympathy to all his relations, families & friends. Allahumma aghfirhu warhamhu.