President of the world’s football governing body, FIFA, Sepp Blatter, has paid tribute to the late Nigerian record goal scorer, Rasheed Yekini, on the occasion of what would have been his 50th birthday.
Blatter took to his Twitter handle on Wednesday evening to extol the skill and exploits of the late striker who netted Nigeria’s first-ever goal in a World Cup match. The feat was achieved during a group match against Bulgaria in 1994.
“Rasheed Yekini would have been 50 today (Wednesday). His name as the scorer of Nigeria’s 1st World Cup finals goal, lives on,” Blatter tweeted. His Twitter post got 1, 089 retweets while 126 users of the micro-blogging service favourited it.
Yekini, who led the Super Eagles attack for many years, died on May 4, 2012.
After scoring the goal against Bulgaria, he ran into the post, grabbed the net and shook it. The picture of his celebration is considered to be one of the iconic images of the tournament.
See his tweet below;
“Rasheed Yekini would have been 50 today. His name as scorer of Nigeria’s 1st World Cup finals goal, lives on.”