Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has honoured Rashidi Yekini by the Kwara State Sports Complex Stadium Ilorin after him.
The governor disclosed this yesterday when he visited the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare in his office in Abuja.
Governor AbdulRazaq said he “We will send a bill to the State House of Assembly to immortalize Rashidi Yekini with the name of the stadium changing after the approval.”
Dare told the Governor about the series of letter that the Ministry wrote to the Kwara State Government for the immortalization of the late football legend.
He urged the Kwara State Governor to sustain his support for sports development while noting that sports help to reduce social vices. “I want to thank His Excellency for hosting our biggest youth game in Ilorin. Your Excellency, we are coming to Ilorin again because of the facilities in University of Ilorin soonest for the youth game. I love the fact His Excellency AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq loves sport I want to encourage Your Excellency to invest more on sports,” he stated.
Born on 23 October 1963, Rashidi Yekini’s professional career spanned more than two decades. He was a striker and scored Nigeria’s first goal in the Word Cup. He played for about six countries but was noted more at Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal.
He scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international; represented his country in five major tournaments, including two World Cups. Yekini was named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993.
Pix: Yekini celebrating Nigeria’s first goal at the World Cup