Kwara State Immortalizes Rashidi Yekini, name Sports Complex after legendary Nigerian striker
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday visited the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare in his office in Abuja and announced that progress has been made in immortalizing football icon, Rashidi Yekini by naming the Kwara State Sports Complex Stadium Ilorin after him.
The governor 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,” according to a statement by the Media Office of the Honourable Minister Of Youth and Sports Development
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare had told the Governor about the series of letter that the Ministry wrote to the Kwara State Government for the immortalization of the late football legend.
Mr. Dare also urged the Kwara State Governor to sustain his support for sports development while noting that sports help to reduce social vices. “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 in 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 on sports,” he stated.
The late Yekini, who died in 2012 at the age of 48, held the record as Nigeria’s all-time highest goalscorer and was voted African Footballer of the Year in 1993. He was also the first Nigerian to score a goal at the FIFA World Cup when his goal against Bulgaria set the Super Eagles on the way to a famous 3-0 victory against Bulgaria in Nigeria’s maiden appearance at the Mundial in 1994.