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.
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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
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