Football governing body, FIFA, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and football greats have paid glowing tributes to late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, eight years after his demise.
It would be recalled that Rashidi Yekini passed away on May 4, 2012 in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital at the age of 48.
“Today we remember one of the World’s most feared strikers of his time, Rashidi Yekini who passed on to glory on this day in 2012. May his soul continue to Rest In Peace,” the NFF wrote on its official Twitter handle.
Also, FIFA posted on its World Cup Twitter handle, Yekini’s celebration after netting Nigeria’s first goal in the competition in 1994, describing it as one of the most iconic goal jubilations in the tournament’s history.
“Rasheed Yekini produced one of the most iconic celebrations in #WorldCup history after scoring the @NGSuperEagles’ first-ever goal in the competition,” the football body tweeted.
“Africa sadly lost of its greatest-ever players #OnThisDay in 2012, but his legend will live on eternally.”
His former teammates, Mutiu Adepoju and a former Super Eagles captain and coach, Sunday Oliseh, reminisced their days playing together for the national team.
“8 years ago today,” Oliseh tweeted, “we lost Nigeria’s greatest striker of all time in Rashidi Yekini. May his blessed soul rest in peace.”
In a related development, Adepoju popularly addressed as the “Headmaster” in his playing days, recalled how Yekini rescued the team in difficult times.
According to a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle, he described playing alongside the former Vitoria Setubal goal poacher as an honour, adding that Yekini gave his all for the country.
“Whenever we seem down and defeated, you always conjure your magic wand and get us out of trouble with your goals,” he wrote. “It was never a dull moment with you in camp as everyone’s ribs would be cracked at your jokes.
“You were never a contentious person and you saw everyone as your brother not minding their backgrounds. I will never forget you, Nigerians will never forget you. Always in our hearts. Rest in peace king Rasheed Yekini. You were created to score goals and your class remains unmatched!”
Also commending, an ex-Ghanaian defender, Anthony Baffoe, the former Abiola Babes star was one of the continent’s most dreaded strikers.
Baffoe tweeted: “One of Africa’s most terrific strikers Rashidi Yekini -today marks his 8th year of leaving us. Continue resting in peace Rashidi.”
The late Yekini was born in Kaduna and began his football career in the Nigerian league where he featured for teams like Abiola Babes, Julius Berger, and Gateway.
His stint abroad saw him lining up for Africa Sports National of Ivory Coast from where he teamed up with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal and emerged as Primeira Liga’s top scorer in the 1993–94 campaign.
He struck 21 times during that season and went ahead to play for Sporting Gijon, Olympiakos, and FC Zurich.
Yekini made his senior debut for Nigeria in 1984 and went on to net 37 goals in 58 matches – the highest so far in the country’s history – until his retirement after the 1998 World Cup.
At the Senegal 1992 and Tunisia 1994 AFCONs, he scored four and five goals respectively, to emerge as the top scorer. Yekini was a member of the Super Eagles side that played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and also featured in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Crown FC felicitates with Oyo sports commissioner on recovery from COVID- 19
Crown football club of Ogbomoso on Wednesday felicitated with the asymptomatic Oyo State commissioner for youths and sports development, Mr. Seun Fakorede, for coming out negative after weeks of being in self isolation for Coronavirus.
The Acting General Manager of the club, Mr Kunle Oyeleye, as learnt, could not hide his Joy when he received the news of the negative test of the commissioner.
” It’s the Lord’s doing and it’s marvellous in our sight. The doctors cared but God, the divine healer, has healed him. To God be the glory.
“No doubt the period has been very challenging for Asiwaju Seun Fakorede. He summoned courage and kept educating the public on the pandemic. We are all happy he is back stronger, fresher and more healthier.
“I was with some of my colleagues when I got the very good news. Our joy holds no bound. We bless God and also appreciate the Executive Governor, Engineer Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde and other agencies that have been in the forefront working tirelessly and professionally at ensuring that the pandemic is curbed from spreading”, the former Administrative Secretary said.
Seun Fakorede, had on Wednesday tested negative to Coronavirus after weeks in self isolation, though asymptomatic.
He was tested positive to COVID-19 on the 24th June,2020 and has been in self-isolation adhering very strictly to stipulated rules and various medical checks and prescriptions by the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).
The COVID-19 test report of the commissioner by the Bioresository Clinical Virology Laboratory (BCVL), College Of Medicine, University of Ibadan, reported by Mr Olasunkanmi Olisa and duly signed by Dr. Adeola Fowotade showed that he is negative.
Crown FC in a statement signed by its publicist, Mr. Tunji Alabi explained that through the challenging period, Fakorede, on different forum, kept sensitizing the public on the need to obey all the stipulated rules and regulations and that COVID-19 is not a death sentence but real and we must learn how to leave with the deadly pandemic.
The Coronavirus pandemic has halted many economic activities globally including football but it is hoped that sporting activities will return soonest with the gradual return of soccer in some countries.
Real madrid Mariano tests positive for COVID-19
Real Madrid forward Mariano has tested positive for coronavirus, the La Liga champions announced on Tuesday.
“After the COVID-19 tests carried out yesterday on our first team footballers by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Mariano, tested positive,” Real said in a statement.
“The player is in perfect health and is complying with the protocol of isolation at home.”
Mariano did not join the Real squad as players returned from a post-season break to start training for their Champions League last 16 showdowns at Manchester City on August 7. The 26-year-old has not appeared in that competition this season.
The Dominican international, who returned to Real in 2018 after a successful season at Lyon, played little in the recently finished La Liga season due to competition for places and injuries.
He made only five substitute appearances as Real won their 34th Spanish title, scoring once, an added time goal against Barcelona.
Ex-Super Eagles Goalie, Baruwa Reveals How 3SC Revived His Dwindling Career
Former Super Eagles and Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan Goalkeeper, Abiodun Baruwa has revealed how the Ibadan based football club played vital role in the resuscitation of his football career.
Baruwa, who opened up on his stint with the Oluyole Warriors while featuring
on BCOS TV sports programme ‘Weekend Sports’ also disclosed that 3SC infused new lease of life into his dying career.
According to the retired footballer, his career was going down when he joined the 3SC from Stationery Stores but his life was turned around in Ibadan.
The ex- Super Eagles goalie presently based in London, added the hospitality of 3SC fans and the encouragement he got from the club’s officials under late Taiwo Ogunjobi made him regained his confidence, and this resulted in his subsequent call-ups to the national teams at different grades.
“What many people didn’t know is that my career was in decline before I got to Shooting Stars, but the late Taiwo Ogunjobi took me in as a son and the fans showed me love. And that inspired me to churn out good performances for the team. Consequently I was called up to play for the Nigerian national teams at different levels”, Baruwa said on the sports programme he featured via Skype.
“Because of the key role 3SC played in my football career, the club remain my darling team”, he added.
Expressing his dissatisfaction at the present plight of the club, the former 3SC goalkeeper encouraged its fans to keep supporting the club to enable it regain its top position.
Abiodun Baruwa, fondly called Omo Alhaja (Alhaja’s son) by Ibadan soccer fans, was part of the Shooting Stars team that slugged it out with Egyptian giants Zamalek at the CAF Champions League final in 1996 and was also a member of the Super Eagles squad to the France ’98 FIFA World Cup.
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