When you mentioned or heard the name Rashidi Yekini, you will only remember one great man who gives his all to serve this nation. His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was mainly associated with Vitoria de Setubal in Portugal, but he also played in six other countries besides his own.
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
Yekini is undoubtedly Nigeria’s greatest ever striker. No striker before or after the Kaduna-born forward has come anywhere near that record, with the legendary Segun Odegbami the nearest on the scorer’s chart with 22 strikes.
The former Vitoria de Setubal hitman represented Nigeria at five major tournaments, notably helping the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia. He topped the goal charts and was named the best player at that tournament.
The Shooting Stars icon, however, tragically died on May 4, 2012, after a prolonged illness.
He has two beautiful daughters, Yemisi Yekini and Omoyemi Yekini, in one of her interview Omoyemi said that though he may be dead, his legacy continues to live on and she believes in her heart he is still alive. She also spoke on how the family has been coping since her father’s demise.
On how the family has been coping since his death
Well, let me start by saying God has been so wonderful to my sister and I. I never believed I would go far in life without my dad. Although I am an easy going type. Even when he was alive, I stood on my feet and faced life challenges the way I thought they should be tackled.
No doubt, his death still rings bell in my ears. I still see him and feel his impact. I see him in the sense that most of his advice and prayer have kept me alive. I’m not talking about an outsider, I’m talking about the man who gave birth to me. If I keep talking about his impact in my life, I won’t stop being emotional.
On why she is not playing football
Although I love watching football, I don’t think I can play it because it’s a game of contact where injury can occur at any time. Education is the best legacy; dad never went to school, that’s why he ventured more on getting us educated.
He never forced us to play football. Assuming he did while he was alive, it would have been a different case. But, if any of my children wants to play football, I will give him/her maximum support
Indeed Late Rashidi Yekini left a great legacy, one thing I learned from him is hardworking because he made his name in football through hardworking, I could remember during that World Cup in USA 94 when I was still very young at 8-year-old, my mum will wake us up at midnight to watch Nigeria matches. He always celebrate goals with passion and that is one thing about him that always rings know my heart whenever I remembered him.
May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace.
Here's is some beautiful pictures of his daughters.