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Google Doodle pays tribute to late legendary Nigerian footballer, Rashidi Yekini at 60

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Google Doodle, on Monday, honoured the late legendary Nigerian footballer, Rashidi Yekini, for his goal-scoring prowess and also recognizes him as the Goals-father on his 60th post-humus birthday.

Having overcome a difficult upbringing characterized by homelessness and poverty to become a football superstar, Yekini’s birth in Kaduna, Nigeria, on October 23, 1963, is widely recognized.

He worked as a mechanic and welder before scouts noticed him because of his intense love for football. After signing with “UNTL FC” in Kaduna as his first football team in 1981, he then played with the Shooting Stars, where he amassed an incredible 45 goals in 53 games.

Yekini became the first player from Nigeria to win the title of “African Footballer of the Year” in 1983 following his outstanding goal-scoring prowess. He was instrumental in getting the Shooting Stars to the African Champions Cup finals the next year.

Beyond Nigeria, Yekini played for various football clubs in Spain, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Greece, Portugal, and Switzerland. Notably, he secured the Bola de Prata (Silver Ball) in the 1993-94 season as the league’s top-scorer with the Portuguese team Vitória Setúbal.

A key figure for Nigeria’s national team, the ‘Super Eagles,’ Yekini played a crucial role in their qualification for the 1994 World Cup. His iconic celebration, clutching the net with both arms and shedding tears of joy after scoring Nigeria’s first goal, remains etched in football history.

Yekini, was a pivotal player for Nigeria’s national team, the “Super Eagles” as he helped n the team secured their place in the 1994 World Cup. After scoring Nigeria’s first goal, his iconic celebration, clutching the net with both arms and shedding tears of joy after scoring Nigeria’s first goal, remains etched in football history.

Continuing his football career for over 14 years with the Super Eagles, Yekini participated in the 1998 World Cup, scoring a total of 37 goals in 58 games for Nigeria—a record for the most goals scored for the country.

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