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Three years after, Yekini’s friends, associates pray for late star


Rashidi Yekini

Rashidi Yekini

Yesterday marked the third year of the demise of late African Footballer of the Year, Rashidi Yekini, who died in controversial circumstances in Ibadan, To keep alive the memory of the late star, who has the distinction of being the first Nigerian to score in a FIFA World Cup, his friends and associates gathered in his house to pray and thank God for giving Nigeria such a talented footballer.

The Islamic prayer session, which was organized by the lawyer to the late ‘goal-king,’ Jubril Mohammed, attracted former footballers, sports enthusiasts and fans of the late star, especially from the Sabo (the Hausa community in Ibadan), as well as a few of his colleagues at Shooting Stars.

However, none of the relations of the Victoria Setubal FC of Portugal’s all-time highest goal scorer was in attendance. “There is nothing commeasurable with his contribution to Nigerian football done in his honour by the expected quarters.

I shouldered all the expenses of what we did during his first anniversary, and that was the last time something meaningful was done in his remembrance.

“I intend to donate a trophy and branded jerseys for teams to play a friendly match in his honour,” said the lawyer to the late Super Eagles’ striker.

The Guardian recalls that Yekini was reportedly abducted from his house according by some heavily turbaned clerics, who came in company of his siblings, to take him to an unknown destination for ‘healing.’ He died three weeks later on May 4 and was buried on May 5, 2012 at his hometown, Ira, Kwara State.

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