Rashidi Yekini 60th Posthumous Birthday

Rashidi Yekini


Rashidi Yekini was a Nigerian football legend, who is remembered for being the top goalscorer and one of the best athlete of the nation.

Rashidi Yekini was a Nigerian professional footballer who played as a forward. He is all-time top goalscorer for his nation, who was born 23 October 1963 and died 4 May 2012

Rashidi Yekini was being celebrated on his 60th posthumous birthday around the world being 23 October, 2023.

Rashidi Yekini Profile

Rashidi Yekini was born in Kaduna on October 24, 1963, of the Yoruba decent, hails from Kwara State and started as a trainee welder in the city. 

His love for football lured him away from the workshop to the field, where he endeared himself to scouts because of his goal-scoring instincts.
Yekini started his football career with UNTL, Kaduna, in 1981. Between 1981 and 1982, he scored 12 goals in 30 appearances.

He joined the IICC Shooting Stars (now 3SC) of Ibadan in 1982 and scored 45 goals in 53 games before he left the club for Abiola Babes in 1984.

With Abiola Babes, Yekini scored 80 goals in 100 appearances between 1984 and 1987.
He joined African Sports of Ivory Coast in 1987 and contributed 105 goals in 113 appearances between 1987 and 1990.

He moved to Europe in 1990 to play for the Portuguese Division 1 side, Vitoria Setubal. Between 1990 and 1994, Yekini scored 91 goals in 114 appearances. He also won the Golden Boot in his last season with Vitoria Setubal.

He joined the Greek club Olympiacos after the 1994 World Cup, scoring only two goals in four appearances between 1994 and 1995.

Yekini switched to the Spanish side, Sporting Gijon, in the summer of 1995 and, in his only season there, contributed three goals in 14 appearances before returning to Vitoria Setubal on loan.

During his second time at Vitoria Setubal, he scored three goals in 14 appearances before moving to FC Zurich, Switzerland, where he scored 14 goals in 28 appearances between 1997 and 1998.

Yekini returned to African Sports of Ivory Coast in 1999 and, between 1999 and 2002, scored 112 goals in 130 games.

He later returned to the Nigerian domestic league at the twilight of his career, first with Julius Berger of Lagos, where he scored ten goals in 50 appearances between 2002 and 2003.

He moved to Gateway FC of Abeokuta in 2005 and scored seven goals in 26 games during his one year there.

Yekini made 62 appearances for the Nigerian national team, scoring 37 goals. He was named the African Player of the Year in 1993, becoming the first Nigerian to win the continent’s top individual prize after three decades of misses.

He was the highest goal scorer in Nigeria’s national team history with 37 goals.
 
He had been honoured by the following bodies: African Player of the Year (1993), Highest Goal Scorer in Ivory Coast (1988, 1989, and 1990), Top Scorer in Portuguese Primeira Liga (1993), Member of the Order of the Niger (1994).
 
Rashidi Yekini died on May 4, 2012 in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria.


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