The Kwara State Government on Thursday honoured the late former Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini.
Yekini was one of the awardees during the awards and dinner night as part of the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the state tagged, ‘Celebrating Harmony, Shaping the Future.’
The legendary Nigerian no 9 was honoured for his outstanding contribution to sports development in the country during his illustrious playing career, Punch reports. His sister Similat received the award on behalf of the late sports icon.
In his speech, Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said the awards were meant to honour Kwarans both dead and alive to recognize their contributions to different spheres of human endeavours.
According to him, the awards was also geared towards spurring young people, particularly Kwarans, to greater achievements.
Yekini, a native of lra in Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara, was one of Nigeria’s biggest footballing exports during a career that saw him star for Victoria Setubal and Olympiacos, among others.
The burly striker scored Nigeria’s first ever goal at the World Cup in the United States in 1994, and remains Nigeria’s all-time leading scorer with 37 goals in 58 games.
He passed away after a protracted illness in 2012 at the age of 48.