Happy 55th posthumous birthday to Rashidi Yekini; FIFA, NFF celebrates the late legend

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FIFA on Tuesday marked the 55th posthumous birthday of Rashidi Yekini, Nigeria’s first World Cup goal scorer.

A photo of the late Rashidi Yekini, celebrating a goal was shared on FIFA World Cup Twitter handle @FIFAWorldCup.

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.”

Rashidi Yekini

The Nigeria Football Federation also celebrated Yekini on the federation’s Twitter handle. @thenff.

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.

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