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Yekini: The Unsung Hero

07 May 2012, 13:11 Tony Smart

A popular novelist once said when an ordinary man dies, the people mourn, but when a prince dies, even the heavens mourn the passing away of a prince.

Rashidi Yekini was more than a prince, he was a legend who didn't get the attention he deserved.

Everyone now sings the praises of the late football legend to the high heavens. Using all manner of adjectives to qualify him.

Well I'm not surprised. We are good at neglecting our heroes while they are still alive but quick to eulogize them when they are no more.

Conversely, we prefer to lick the boots of corrupt politicians for what...crumbs that fall from the tables of their ill gotten wealth.

What was done for Rashidi when he needed help? Nobody wanted to touch him with a long rod.

He needed help but what did he get for his many years of glorious service to his country...REJECTION!

How long are we going to keep treating our heroes like pieces of trash. He didn't deserve this.

This is someone that remains the highest goal scorer as far our national team is concerned. He scored a massive 37 goals in 58 appearances for the Super Eagles, he scored Nigeria's first ever World Cup goal at the USA '94, former African footballer of the year.

His achievements are numerous. He gave his country his all but he didn't receive the same measure of love from his country.

Trust our football administrators, they would be all out to outshine each other, scrambling for the cameras to eulogize the fallen hero at the slightest opportunity.

While corrupt politicians who embezzle the treasury and tax payers money are conferred with national honours everyday, heroes like Rashidi Yekini are confined to loneliness and isolation.

He didn't have a doctorate degree but he was able to bring smiles to the faces of so many Nigerians and Africans at large. He never obtained a degree in Psychology but he was able to lift the spirit of so many around him.

My heart goes out to his family and friends. May God grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Is Rashidi Yekini today, who knows the next hero that will exit this world unceremoniously tomorrow.

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