It was five years ago today, on May 4, 2012, that Nigeria’s greatest striker Rasheed Yekini died.
The gangling forward scored 37 goals in 58 appearances for the Super Eagles and led the country to victory at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.
Yekini’s legacy also extended to the global scene where he scored Nigeria’s first ever goal at the World Cup in that 3-0 defeat of Bulgaria at USA ’94 – capping it with an iconic goal celebration.
How has the soccer world remembered the Super Eagles great? Check out our sampling from social media…
— 'Shina Oludare (@sportingshina) May 4, 2017
Heroes get remembered, but LEGENDS like RASHIDI YEKINI never die. Keep resting in peace 'Yeking of Goals.' ( 23 Oct.1963- 4 May 2012) pic.twitter.com/ytiWaD2StY
— The NFF (@thenff) May 4, 2017
— ACTIVIST (@IAmAyo_Activist) May 4, 2017
Late Rashidi Yekini scored 37 goals in 58 appearances for the Super Eagles. He is Nigeria's National Football Team's highest Goalscorer.
— Africa! (@afrofactz) May 4, 2017
undoubtedly, Rasheed Yekini remains Nigeria's goal king, over a decade after football, no one has broken his records… sleep on Baba Yekini
— Oluwatomiwa Babalola (@TomiwaBabalola) May 4, 2017
All hail the late Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012).
Rest on Goal King!
— Tolu Olasoji (@Tollexrism) May 4, 2017
Its been 5 years Now…
But l never forget the joy …you brought to my heart….RIP GOAL KING
RASHIDI YEKINI pic.twitter.com/rxx3pgTUfy
— Kelechi Nkoro (@K1Says) May 4, 2017
— Shooting Stars SC (@Official3SC) May 4, 2017
We have forgotten #RashidiYekini
— Kolly Yo (@KBanky1) May 4, 2017