Last Updated: 23 Oct, 2023 | Views: 22
Profession: Sports Men
Other Profession(s): Football player
Famous For: Nigerian International Footballer
Rashidi Yekini was born on 23 October 1963 in Kaduna, Nigeria. Rashidi Yekini was a Nigerian International footballer who played as a forward. Rashidi Yekini is the all-time top goal scorer for his nation. Rashidi Yekiniscored 37 goals as a Nigerian international footballer. Rashidi Yekini represent the Nigeria in seven major tournaments including World Cups. Rashidi Yekini scored the country's first-ever goal.
Rashidi Yekini Career:
Rashidi Yekini Early Career:
• After starting Rashidi Yekini professional career in the Nigerian league, he moved to Ivory Coast to play for Africa Sports National, and from there, he went to Portugal and Vitória de Setúbal.
• Rashidi Yekini experienced his most memorable years, eventually becoming the Primeira Liga's top scorer in the 1993–94 season after scoring 21 goals.
Rashidi Yekini Netted a Career-Best 34 in 32 Games:
• Rashidi Yekini had netted a career-best 34 in 32 games to help the Sadinos promoted from the second division, and those performances earned him the title of African Footballer of the Year once, the first ever for the nation.
• Rashidi Yekini successively played with FC Zürich, Club Athlétique Bizertin, and Al-Shabab Riyadh before rejoining Africa Sports.
Rashidi Yekini Returned to the Nigerian Championship:
• Rashidi Yekini returned to the Nigerian championship with Julius Berger FC.
• In April 2005, 41-year-old Yekini made a short comeback, moving alongside former national teammate Mobi Oparaku to Gateway United FC.
Rashidi Yekini International Career:
• Scoring 37 goals for Nigeria in 62 appearances, Rashidi Yekini is the national record goal scorer.
• Rashidi Yekini was part of the team that participated in the 1994, where he netted Nigeria's first-ever goal in a World Cup, in a 3–0 win against Bulgaria.
Rashidi Yekini Helped the Super Eagles Win:
• Rashidi Yekini helped the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, where he also topped the goal charts and was named the competition's best player.
• Rashidi Yekini also participated at Olympic level in Seoul in 1988.
Rashidi Yekini Awards:
• 1992, 1994: Africa Cup of Nations top scorers
• 1994: Africa Cup of Nations Player of the Tournament
• 1993: African Footballer of the Year
• 1994: Primeira Liga top scorers
Rashidi Yekini Unknown Facts:
• Suffer from bipolar disorder: In 2011, Rashidi Yekini was said to suffer from bipolar disorder and some other undisclosed psychiatric conditions.
• Participated at Olympic level: Rashidi Yekini also topped the goal charts and was named the competition's best player. Rashidi Yekini also participated at the Olympic level in Seoul 1988.
FAQs of Rashidi Yekini
Who is Rashidi Yekini?
Rashidi Yekini was a Nigerian professional international footballer who played as a forward.
Is Rashidi Yekini suffering from a psychiatric condition?
Rashidi Yekini was said to suffer from bipolar disorder and other undisclosed psychiatric conditions. He died in Ibadan on 4 May 2012 at the young age of 48.