Saturday, May 4, 2013

Former Nigerian football stars play in memory of late Super Eagles legend, Rashidi Yekini

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Former African Footballer of the Year Rashidi Yekini who featured for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups was on Friday remembered by a testimonial match in Ibadan a year after he died.

The former Shooting Stars and Nigerian striker died at the age of 47 on May 4 2012 after a brief illness.

The memorial match was held at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, Nigeria and was played between the All Stars of Ibadan (Friends of Rashidi Yekini) against BRF All Stars of Lagos State on Friday.

The late Yekini remains one of Nigeria’s most prolific strikers with an all-time record of 37 goals and was the first Nigerian star to be named Africa’s best player in 1993. His goals qualified Nigeria for a first-ever World Cup in 1994 and he went on to score the country’s first-ever goal at tournament. 

Among many other tributes from past Super Eagles stars, former -Eagles star Garba Lawal told Yekini’s shoes are too big to be filled soon.

"Nobody is close to filling Yekini's shoes. He was a legend. There is one and only ‘Gangling Rashidi’ Yekini. None of the present Eagles can be like him. In fact no one can replace him in this century," said Lawalmtnfootball

Ibadan All-Stars, renamed Yekini Friends, beat their Lagos counterparts 2-1 on Friday to remember the legendary Rashidi Yekini who died a year ago.