Yekini at 57: Late Striker's Daughter Yemisi Wishes Him Happy Birthday

Yekini at 57: Late Striker's Daughter Yemisi Wishes Him Happy Birthday

Akan Anwankwo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM

- Rashidi Yekini would have clocked 57 if the legendary striker was still alive

- The Super Eagles will not be forgotten by many for his exploits for the national team

- His daughter, Omoyemi made a tribute to her father as the greatest striker in Nigeria's history

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Rashidi Yekini would have celebrated his 57th birthday if he was alive but his daughter is not letting the day pass without a special greeting.

The late Super Eagles legend remains Nigeria's most prolific scorer of all time and the former Vitoria Setubal star is yet to be replaced in the national team.

Rashidi Yekini at 57: Late striker's daughter wishes him happy birthday
Rashidi Yekini at 57: Late striker's daughter wishes him happy birthday. Photo by Neal Simpson
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And Yekini's daughter, Omoyemisi has sent a message on social media to validate that her dad is the best forward that ever came out of the country.

She wrote:

"He will never be forgotten.
"African football legend Rashidi YEKINI would have turned 57 today."

Yekini became the first Nigerian to score in a World Cup finals during the 1994 edition in the United States where he tapped in from close range in the 3-0 win over Bulgaria.

Prior to the soccer fiesta, he was part of the Super Eagles side also led by Clemens Westerhof that won the country's second AFCON title at Tunisia 94'.

He was named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993 and was topscorer at the Nations Cup in 1994.

During the 1993/94 season, the giant-forward was La Liga's topscorer with Sporting Gijon and helping the newly-promoted side finish sixth on the table.

Yekini finished his international career with 37 goals which was only matched by the legendary Segun Odegbami.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Yemisi Yekini who is the first daughter of former Super Eagles striker Rashidi Yekini has taken to social media to celebrate her late father who scored Nigeria's first goal at the World Cup.

Rashidi Yekini was one of the best strikers in the world during his active playing days considering his achievements in the national team and all the clubs he played for.

The former Shooting Stars of Ibadan striker died on May 4, 2012 in Ibadan after he was reported to have been sick by his family and was taken to unknown place for treatment.

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