The Italians will say Tempus Fugit which simply translates ‘time flies’. Indeed time flies or who would have believed that eight years have already rolled bye since the great Striker Rashidi Yekini passed on.
His records remains a ginger to many up and coming strikers and those who played with him find it very difficult to forget in a hurry even in the midst of changes in the game and challenges as well.
Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh like many Nigerians go through the ritual of remembering this spectacular striker who scored Nigeria’s first ever world cup goal at the 1994 edition in USA every year.
That of course was just one of his 37 goals for Nigeria in 58 appearances. Even his celebration of the said goal in 1994 against Bulgaria remains a must watch and a hit whenever it is beamed on television.
The energy was simply infectious and those who were fortunate to watch it live then constantly recall every bit of it in their mind’s eye whenever discussions center on strikers and goal scoring business.
One would have thought that worry over the rampaging effect of the coronavirus that has locked up all sporting and indeed all businesses into the cooler will distract some from remembering the great Yekini, but that was not the case.
Oliseh who incidentally was part of the 1994 world cup squad and who eventually went to coach the Super Eagles, remembers his former teammate saying “8 years ago Today, we lost Nigeria’s greatest striker of all time in Rashidi Yekini. May his blessed soul rest in Peace” even as he accompanied it with a memorable picture of the late former Sporting Gijón ace being remembered.
Oliseh who made 54 appearances for the Eagles as a player, coached the team between 2015 and 2016.
The former Fortuna Sittard manager it will be recalled parted ways with the Nigeria Football Federation under controversial circumstances after the 2016 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Rwanda.
Only recently he frowned at the preferential treatment accorded to foreign coaches who manage the Super Eagles adding that so long as the condition remains the same he would not be interested in a second chance with the team.