While eulogises and glowing tributes have continued to pour in for Nigeria’s goal king, Rashidi Yekini, who died last friday in a private hospital in Ibadan, a former teammate and one-time captain of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed sadness over how the late football icon was treated by the federal government and the Nigeria Football Federation.
Venting his anger on his personal website, Mr. Oliseh reckoned that Yekini deserved better treatment than he got from a country he served so well.
“I am ashamed to see how this asset to our nation was treated and honored by or football federation and our Government at that. When you see how a legend like this was ignored time and time over by our federation, lack of recognition to add value to his self esteem and at the same time show to the upcoming youths the benefits of serving and performing for your country, thereby encouraging them to want to do their part, you will understand why the generation of today neglect and sometimes blatantly refuse to wear the colors of our National teams,” Mr. Oliseh said.
The former Eagles captain also reveled that almost 20 years after being promised houses in Abuja by the Federal Government for winning the Tunisia’ 94 Africa Nations Cup, Yekini and his teammates were yet to get the houses
“Almost 20 years after this major conquest,Yekini is yet to receive the house the Nigerian government promised him. In other words he died not being rewarded for his efforts to make Nigeria great!” Oliseh opined.
The former Super Eagles’ skipper said he deeply regretted his inability to see Yekini personally before his death to say thank you for his contribution to his rise to stardom.
For him, if Yekini had not been converting the passes he supplied him during their playing days, little would have been known of him.
Meanwhile, the sum of N3.5m was donated by the Oyo, Osun and Kwara state government to the family of Yekini.
The former African footballer of the Year was interred over the weekend in his hometown, Irra, Kwara State.