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Nigeria legend dies, aged 48

5 May 2012 02:10

Nigeria's all-time leading goalscorer, Rashidi Yekini, has died.

Yekini, who died in Ibadan on Friday, suffered from mental illness for the past two years.

The 48-year-old striker scored 37 times in 58 matches for Nigeria.

Yekini will be famously remembered for his iconic goal celebration after scoring Nigeria's first-ever World Cup goal against Bulgaria in the 1994 edition of the competition in the USA.

The former forward started his career at UNTL Kaduna in 1981 before spending the next nine years in his native Africa. Yekini then moved to Europe, where he enjoyed a successful four-year spell at Vitoria Setubal in Portugal.

He later enjoyed spells in Greece, Spain, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia before eventually calling time on his playing career in 2003 with Nigerian club, Julius Berger.

Yekini did come out of retirement briefly in 2005, when at 41 years of age he joined Gateway United for a short spell.

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