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Agu pays tribute to football legend Yekini

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Alloy Agu has described as the greatest legend of the game the late teammate and goal king, Rashidi Yekini.

Yekini who scored Nigeria’s first ever Fifa World Cup goal at the USA 1994 died exactly eight years ago on May 04, 2012.

Agu said the world especially Nigeria and Africa will not forget in a hurry the enormous contributions of the late goal king to the round leather game.

“Yekini’s contributions to the game will never be forgotten or overlooked by anyone who was lucky to come in contact with him.

“Yekini is a goal machine, hardworking and clinical in everything he does. He is an amiable, jovial and gentle person. A rare player every team will want to have around in period of great difficulty.

“His memory will continue to linger on in the hearts especially some of us who shared the greatest moment with him.

“The world, Nigeria and Africa cannot overlook his enormous contributions to the round leather game.

“Yekini is a legend and we will continue to give God glory for his ever gentle soul.

“Yekini did so much for Nigeria and the best the country could do for his fond memory is to put yearly measure in place to mark and remember him,” said the Nigerian goalkeeper coach.

Yekini started his professional career in the Nigerian league before he journeyed to Ivory Coast to play for Africa Sports National.

Thereafter he moved to Portugal to play for Vitória de Setúbal where he experienced his most memorable years, eventually becoming the Primeira Liga’s top scorer in the 1993–94 season after scoring 21 goals.

Other clubs he played for include Sporting Gijon, Olympiakos, FC Zurich, Abiola Babes, Julius Berger, Gateway FC.

He made his senior national team debut in 1984, scored 37 goals in 58 appearances before retiring from international football after the 1998 World Cup in France.

He was highest goal scorer at the Senegal 1992 and Tunisia 1994 AFCON netting four and five goals respectively.

He helped Nigeria win the 1994 AFCON and featured at the 1994 and 1998 Fifa World Cups as well as the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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