Yekini was created to score goals – Adepoju’s tribute to late Nigeria legend

May 4, 2020

The Super Eagles football icon posted a touching tribute to mark the anniversary of the late African football great

Ex-Real Madrid star Mutiu Adepoju has paid an emotional tribute to Rasheed Yekini on his eighth year of remembrance.

Yekini, famed for becoming the first Nigerian to be named African Player of the Year and the country’s first goalscorer at the Fifa World Cup, died at the age of 48 on May 8, 2012.

The gangling striker also holds the record as the Super Eagles’ all-time top scorer having accrued 37 goals in 58 international outings.

“Today is the remembrance of this great man.  His greatness is so huge that we still reminisce over his exploits in the beautiful game.,” Adepoju tweeted.

“Dear mate, I feel honoured playing with you in Nigeria colours and that was a big achievement on its own. You gave your 100% always

“Whenever we seem down and defeated, you always conjure your magic wand and get us out of trouble with your goals.

“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!”