FIFA, NFF mark Rashidi Yekini’s 55th posthumous birthday
FIFA on Tuesday marked the 55th Rashidi Yekini’s posthumous birthday , Nigeria’s first World Cup goal scorer.
A photo of the late Yekini, celebrating a goal was shared on FIFA World Cup Twitter handle @FIFAWorldCup.
The celebration from Nigeria’s record goal-scorer will live on in World Cup folklore. pic.twitter.com/Kfv0waQJLG
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 23 October 2018
The tweet read, “Rashidi Yekini, scorer of Nigeria’s SuperEagles’s first goal at the #WorldCup, would have been 55 today.
“The celebration from Nigeria’s record goal-scorer will live on in World Cup folklore.”
The Nigeria Football Federation also celebrated Yekini on the federation’s Twitter handle. @thenff.
Posthumous Birthday shout-out to our legend, ‘Yeking of goals,’ Late Rashidi Yekini. Power, pace and precision best describe Yekini on the pitch. The big man would have been 55 today. He remains the all-time top scorer of the @NGSuperEagles with 37 goals. Rest on legend!🍾🍾 pic.twitter.com/J0PTjZCIZO
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) 23 October 2018
According to Wikipedia, Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition. He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993. He died on 4th May 2012 in Ibadan.