Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has pledged to immortalise late Tremendous Eagles legend, Rashidi Yekini, by naming the Kwara State Sports activities Stadium in Ilorin after him, NAN studies.
The governor disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy go to to the Minister of Youth and Sports activities Improvement, Mr Sunday Dare, in his workplace.
He stated the method was underway to rename the stadium after the previous Tremendous Eagles gangling striker, an indigene of the state.
“We’ll ship a invoice to the State Home of Meeting to immortalise Rashidi Yekini with the title of the stadium altering after the approval,” AbdulRazaq stated.
Earlier, Dare stated the ministry had written collection of letters to the Kwara Authorities on the necessity to immortalise the soccer icon.
Dare urged the governor to maintain his help for sports activities growth because it was a veritable software for partaking the youth and lowering social vices within the nation.
“I need to thank his excellency for internet hosting our largest youth video games in Ilorin, let me inform you that we’re coming to Ilorin once more due to the services at College of Ilorin, soonest we shall be round for the youth video games.
“I really like the truth that the governor additionally loves sport, I need to encourage your excellency to take a position extra on sports activities,” he added.
The minister additionally mentioned a number of methods of growing youth and sports activities with the governor according to worldwide finest practices.
Rashidi Yekini who hails from Kwara, died on Might four, 2012 in Ibadan on the age of 48.
He started his skilled profession at UNTL Kaduna in 1981, then performed on the continent earlier than shifting to Europe, the place he loved a profitable four-year spell at Vitoria Setubal in Portugal the place he was the Primeira Liga’s prime scorer within the 1993-94 season.
Yekini scored 37 objectives as a Nigerian worldwide, and represented the nation in 5 main tournaments, together with two World Cups the place he scored the nation’s first-ever aim within the competitors.
He was additionally named the African Footballer of the 12 months in 1993.