Nigerian Soccer Legend, Rashid Yekini, Dies At 49

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Sola

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Two-time African footballer of the year, the legendary Rashidi Yekini whose illustrious career saw him rise to stardom in the 90’s died today, after succumbing to mental illness.

Family sources reported that Yekini had been ill for two years and was often walking barefeet on the streets of Ibadan at times talking to himself. Fans reported that he suffered delusions.

Rashidi Yekini would be remembered for his first magnificent goal at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France that took Nigeria through to the next round. He scored the first goal that saw Nigeria defeat Bulgaria 3-0 at the fiesta.

Born in Kaduna Yekini began his career in the Nigerian local league, and later moving to Cote D’Ivoire to play for the Africa Sports National football team, thereafter he moved to the Portuguese first division between 1993-94. His superlative performances as a striker with the Nigerian Super Eagles team earned him the title of “Africa Footballer of the Year” in 1993.

In 1994 Yekini helped turn the fortune of the Super Eagles around at the Africa Cup of Nations where he topped the goal chart. He is on record as being the national main goal scorer for his 37 goals in 58 games.

However, Rashid Yekini, who had been divorced since 1994 lived a solitary life with a few tenants in his house in Ibadan, Oyo State where it is reported that he rarely received visitors.

Yekini was 49 years old. He is survived by two kids. He will be buried tomorrow according to Muslim rites in Irah, Kwara State.

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Village-Boi

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Na wa o! May his Soul Rest in Peace.

Howcome there are so many stories of our National Heroes, both in sports and in arts, being left to languish once they have health or mental problems? If na one politikal big-man wey don thief plenti money even the Govt. go help ship am go Germany or somewhere to be treated... But these people that actually did something good...?
 

Gen Sani Abacha

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Na wa o! May his Soul Rest in Peace.

Howcome there are so many stories of our National Heroes, both in sports and in arts, being left to languish once they have health or mental problems? If na one politikal big-man wey don thief plenti money even the Govt. go help ship am go Germany or somewhere to be treated... But these people that actually did something good...?
Something similar happened to the guy who helped write Naija's pledge(or was it national anthem sef ?)...It's sad, but it just shows Nigeria's skewed society with it's warped values.
 

ssergit

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na wah O! I am NOT a sports fan, but I remember Yekini!! May his soul rest in peace!

And i think sometimes these people are killed by forces with jealous tendencies! U know our naija 'Drag-Others-Down' syndrome!
Not that famous people are invincible, but, the way some of them die seems like a Nollywood movie with Babalawo scenes for real!
 

vince

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That is truly a tragedy. I was discussing with a friend of mine only a few days ago about the whereabout of Yekini, and now he's dead. May his soul rest in peace. Great player he was.
 

Thickmadam

OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!
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i wonder if our footballers get concussions from heading the ball so often. we are just now seeing the effects of concussions on american football players, and some professional wrestlers (FM, you know Edge retired because his doctor told him one more concussion and he might die)
It's such a shame that our national treasures are left to die in squalor.

I hope his family finds strength in this difficult time.
 
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