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Rashidi Yekini to be honoured in Kaduna

03 March 2016, 15:26Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Late Super Eagles striker Rashidi Yekini will be honoured at the Nigeria Pitch Awards scheduled to hold on March 25 in Kaduna.

Yekini will win the award for the highest goalscorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League, among 21 award categories.

In 1981, Yekini began his professional club career at UNTL in Kaduna where he was born in before joining Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan in 1982 scoring 45 goals in 53 appearances.   

Scoring 37 goals for Nigeria in 58 appearances, Yekini was the national record goalscorer. He was part of the team that participated in the 1994 where he netted Nigeria's first-ever goal in a World Cup, in a 3–0 win against Bulgaria, his celebration after scoring, crying while holding the goal's net, became one of the iconic images of the tournament, and the 1998 FIFA World Cups.

Also read: Bonfrere, Westerhof to honour Yekini

Additionally, Yekini helped the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations where he also topped the goal charts and was named best player of the competition. He also participated at Olympic level in Seoul 1988.

Some categories of the award include Most Valuable Player (Men) in the Nigeria Professional Football League, Most Valuable Player (Women) in the Nigeria Professional Football League, Corporate Sponsor of Football Award, and The Sam Okwaraji Award (for commitment to Nigeria football) among others.

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