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Google Celebrates Rashidi Yekini’s Post-Humous 60th Birthday

The legendary football player Rashidi Yekini, known as the “Goalsfather” for his ability to slip shots past the goalie, was honored in a Google Doodle on Monday.

On this day in 1963, the renowned goal scorer was born in Kaduna, Nigeria.

The beginning of Yekini’s life was difficult, as he faced homelessness and poverty. To make money, his first jobs were as a welder and mechanic, but his true goal was to pursue football. He soon began playing in front of scouts, and in 1981, he joined his first football club, UNTL FC, in Kaduna.

The gifted striker then joined the Shooting Stars, where he scored 45 goals in 53 appearances. Being the first Nigerian player to win African Footballer of the Year, he was recognized for his exceptional scoring skills in 1983. He assisted in getting the Shooting Stars to the African Champions Cup finals the following year.

He represented football teams in Spain, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Tunisia, Switzerland, and Greece, in addition to Nigeria. He was the best scorer in the league in the 1993–94 season and won the Bola de Prata (Silver Ball) while he was a player for Vitória Setúbal, a Portuguese side.

Yekini helped Nigeria’s public group, nicknamed the Super Hawks, meet all requirements for the 1994 World Cup. Nigeria played Bulgaria on June 21st, and Yekini made it a memorable game. In addition to the fact that he scored the primary objective of the game, yet in addition the main World Cup objective for Nigeria. Defeat with energy and pride, he ran into the net and grasped it with the two arms while cheering and overflowing with emotion. Many think of it as one of the most notorious objective festivals in football history and it filled in as motivation for the present Doodle craftsmanship.

,,,,,,He proceeded to play for the Super Hawks for barely 14 years, remembering one more shot at the World Cup for 1998. In his 58 games for Nigeria, he scored multiple times, and right up to the present day holds the record for most objectives scored for the country.