Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, revealed that the state has concluded plans to immortalize late Super Eagles prolific striker, Rashidi Yekini.
Governor AbdulRazaq who made this revelation during his visit to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in Abuja, announced that progress has been made in immortalizing the football icon by naming the Kwara State Sports Complex Stadium Ilorin after him.
According to him, a bill concerning this will be sent to the Kwara State House of Assembly. He said: “We will send a bill to the State House of Assembly to immortalize Rashidi Yekini with the name of the stadium changing after the approval.”
The Sports Minister, Dare had told the Governor during the meeting about the series of letters that the Ministry wrote to the Kwara State Government for the immortalization of the late football legend.
He urged the Kwara State Governor to sustain his support for sports development while noting that sports will always help to reduce social vices.
He said: “I want to thank his excellency for hosting our biggest youth game in Ilorin, your excellency we are coming to Ilorin again because of the facilities at the University of Ilorin soonest for the youth game. I love the fact His Excellency AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq loves sport I want to encourage your excellency to invest more in sports.”
Rashidi Yekini was a Nigerian prolific footballer and was one of the best strikers on the African Continent.
His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was mainly associated with Vitória De Setúbal in Portugal, but he also played in six other countries besides his own.
Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian International, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition. He was also named the African Footballer of The Year in 1993.
He died on May 4, 2012.