Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) was a Nigerian footballer who played as a striker.
His expert profession, which spread over two decades, was fundamentally connected with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal. However he likewise played in six different nations his own in any case.
Yekini scored almost 40 goals as a Nigerian international, and spoke to the country in five significant competitions, including two World Cups. Where he scored the nation’s first-historically speaking objective in the opposition. He was likewise named the African Footballer of the Year once.
Yekini was conceived in Kaduna. In the wake of beginning his expert vocation in the Nigerian alliance, he moved to Côte d’Ivoire to play for Africa Sports National.
From that point he went to Portugal and Vitória de Setúbal, where he encountered his most critical years, in the end turning into the Portuguese first division’s top scorer, in 1993–94, as his exhibitions (32 matches, 34 goals) earned him the title of African Footballer of the Year in 1993, the first ever from the country.
In the 1994 summer, Yekini was transfer to Olympiacos FC. However didn’t coexist with colleagues and left. His vocation never truly refocused, not even upon an arrival to Setúbal, which occurred after another unassuming spell, in La Liga with Sporting de Gijón. He progressively played with FC Zürich, Club Athlétique Bizertin and Al-Shabab Riyadh, before rejoining Africa Sports. In 2003, at 39, he came back to the Nigerian title with Julius Berger FC.
In 2005, 41-year old Yekini made a short rebound, moving close by previous national partner Mobi Oparaku to Gateway United FC.
Scoring 37 goals for Nigeria in 58 appearances, Yekini was the national record goalscorer. He was a piece of the group that took part in the 1994. Where he scored Nigeria‘s first ever goal in a World Cup, in a 3–0 win against Bulgaria. Yekini’s celebration in the wake of scoring the goal, holding the net and yelling. Got one of the notable pictures of the World Cup.
This was his lone objective in the competition. Yekini likewise played for Nigeria in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He didn’t score.
Furthermore, Yekini additionally helped the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations. Where he likewise bested the goal outlines, and took an interest at Olympic level in Seoul 1988.
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