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8 Years On! 8 Interesting Facts About Nigeria Goal King, Rashidi Yekini; No 7 Remains Hidden

Born on 23rd October, 1963 in Kaduna state, Northen part of Nigeria and moved to South Western part of the country to continue his footballing career after playing for UNTL Kaduna.

Here are some interesting facts about the goal lord of Nigerian football.

-Yekini holds the National Team record goal scorer 37 goals in 58 caps

-1993 African footballer of the year

-World Cup appearances and Nigeria first world cup goal scorer in USA 94 3-0 win over Bulgaria

-Won the 1994 AFCON in Tunisia and emerged as the highest goal scorer with 5 goals and the player of the tournament (but how he did not win the African footballer of the year award remains a mystery)

- Yekini was an Olympian (Seoul 1988)

- He has two daughters with two different women (Yemisi Yekini, a cinematography graduate from De Montfort University, Leicester and Omoyemi Yekini, a graduate from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria)

-What he said holding the net after scoring Nigeria's first world cup goal remains unknown till tomorrow

- Died on the fourth day of May 2012 of mysterious cause.

Here are Football Clubs he played for in his playing days.

YEARS/TEAM/APPEARANCES/GOALS

1981–1982: UNTL Kaduna

1982–1984: Shooting Stars

1984–1987: Abiola Babes

1987–1990: Africa Sports

1990–1994: Vitória Setúbal 108 (90)

1994–1995: Olympiacos 4 (2)

1995–1996: Sporting Gijón 14 (3)

1997: Vitória Setúbal 14 (3)

1997–1998: FC Zürich 28 (14)

1998–1999: Bizerte

1999: Al-Shabab

1999–2002: Africa Sports

2002–2003: Julius Berger

2005: Gateway United

With his name on the lips of every Nigerians who watched him play today, he remains even in death with no doubts in their heart, the king of goals in the history of the country's football.

His Leicester based daughter, Omoyemisi (a cinematographer) once narrated how her father's days in Portugal delights her since her visit to the country.

"There’s one massive thing the name has done for me. I went to Portugal three years ago with my best friend, a Portuguese. I remembered that I read in a book that he played for Vitoria Setubal."

"So what happened was that me, my friend and her grandmother went there just to see the stadium. We went inside and we told them who my dad was. It was just crazy."

"They took us on a tour, he has a massive picture in the locker room. There were also pictures of the great people that played for the team. They invited us to a friendly football match where we sat in the VIP section and at half time, they had a massive presentation."

"They told them that I was there, they reminded them about who my dad was and they presented me with a huge picture of his, a jersey with his name on it and the atmosphere was crazy. The fans were amazing; they were asking me for pictures, asking to shake my hands. I didn’t know that this is the power he had. It was crazy."

"There was an article online about it. That was when I realised who my father was. And that was in Portugal. But in Nigeria, I haven’t seen that"


Ayoola Adeleke wrote this.


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Nigeria Northen Omoyemi Yekini UNTL Kaduna University of Ilorin

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