The Legendary Rashidi Yekini who died a year ago was remembered by friends and loved ones, at the Lekan Salami Stadium Ibadan.
Ibadan All- Stars renamed Yekini Friends defeated their Lagos counterparts 2-1 in a memorial match played to remember the late Super Eagles striker who died May 4, 2012.
A large crowd gathered at the stadium to watch former Shooting Stars utility player Gbenga Okunnowa score the opening goal for the hosts Yekini Friends in the 30th minute, before Jide Adediran of the visiting Lagos All- Stars equalized for his side in the 38th minute.
Former team mate to the late Super Eagles goal king and ex- Shooting Stars general manager Mutiu Adepoju netted the winning goal for Yekin friends through a trade- mark header in the 42nd minute.
Representing the Lagos All- Stars were the likes of Friday Elaho, Wasiu Ipaye, and Taju Disu, all former Nigeria internationals. In the Ibadan lineup were Former super Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen, Eagles goalkeeper trainer Ike Shoronmu, Dimeji Lawal, Mutiu Adepoju, Gbenga Okunowo, Raymond King and Bright Omokaro.
Tributes have since been pouring in from the late Yekini’s Colleagues and well wishers.
Till date, the former African Footballer of the Year remains Nigeria’s most prolific striker with an all- time record of 37 goals and was the first Nigerian Footballer to be named Africa’s best player in 1993.
His goals qualified Nigeria for the first- ever World Cup in 1994 and he went on to score the country’s first- ever goal at the USA 94 event.
Mutiu Adepoju played alongside Yekini in the USA 94 squad and later on in Tunisia 94 AFCON. He remarked that the ex- sporting Gijon and Olympiacos striker remains the best.
“There was only one Yekini, and that remains forever. No one can be like him. He did a great job for Nigeria and it will be very difficult to get a player who play like him for Eagles.
“I remember his great finishing, how he converted practically all the chances that came his way. He scored with the slightest opportunity.”
He also appealed to the necessary authorities that Yekini should be immortalised.
“Nothing is too much for the country to immortalize Yekini. It is unfortunate that we haven’t heard anything from the authorities (government and the Nigeria Football Federation) on how they want to immortalise him.”