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Rasheed Yekini: The Hidden Stories That Reportedly Led To His Death

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Rasheed Yekini was a Nigerian footballer who was born on the 23rd of October, 1963. Born in Kaduna, Rasheed Yekini was a mechanic apprentice during his youthful age before he began his career in football. His career which started in in 181/82 saw him play for shooting stars of Ibadan, Abiola babes, Africa sport, Victoria setubal, Olympiacos, sporting gijon, Zurich, Bizerte, Al-shabab, Julius Berger and a host of other top clubs in Nigeria and abroad. It is worthy of mention to note that as we speak Rasheed Yekini holds the record for highest Nigerian goalscorer of all time, with a total of 38 goals in 58 matches played. During his time at Victoria setubal he helped the team moved from a second division to first division by netting 34 goals in just 32 appearances.Rasheed Yekini: The Hidden Stories That Reportedly Led To His Death - images 22 300x201 - Rasheed Yekini: The Hidden Stories That Reportedly Led To His Death

The season later he scored the highest goal in the league and was later names the African player of the year becoming the first Nigerian player to receive such honour. While his football career spanned two decade plus, it is however sad to note that he died an unhappy man. A lot of things contributed to the death of this wonderful goal scorer. Some of which are depression, marital issues(having failed marriages), the death or his close friend, a rumoured betrayal amongst others.Rasheed Yekini: The Hidden Stories That Reportedly Led To His Death - images 27 214x300 - Rasheed Yekini: The Hidden Stories That Reportedly Led To His Death

Before his death in 2010 he turned down an offer to play with other Nigerian football legend in 2009 and while the then governor of Lagos state babatunde fashola was the governor, efforts were made to help Yekini mental health by training him in a psychological management at the National sport college, winneba in Ghana but he himself turned down the offer. For many, it is believed that Yekini’s reclusive lifestyle may have been caused by several factors, including the assertion that he was not able to deal with the aftermath of repeated failed marriages, his fade away from the limelight and lack of recognition from the public after retiring from international and club football, as well as personal, business and family issues.

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Also, Yekini’s downturn into deeper isolation was said to have been compounded with the loss of a huge sum of money when his bosom friend and business partner, Ibraheem, was robbed and killed. Ibraheem, who ran a bureau de change in the Sabo Area of Ibadan, was said to have been the custodian of a large chunk of Yekini’s money with which he traded. That incident, some said, buried Yekini further into the abyss of depression and isolation from which he never recovered. For years, he also stayed away from his family who were based in Kwara State. “None of the individuals showed any concern towards helping my late husband, and that was why the family came to his rescue, even though their efforts still failed to save his life,” lamented Adeola, one of the former wives of the late footballer.Rasheed Yekini: The Hidden Stories That Reportedly Led To His Death - Rashidi 300x188 - Rasheed Yekini: The Hidden Stories That Reportedly Led To His Death

Although exact details of the last days of his Eagles’ career are still unclear, it was rumoured that Yekini felt betrayed by some of his teammates who were said to have ganged up against him for being the one who scored most of the goals and received all the recognition. He was the first Nigerian to win the coveted African Footballer of the Year in 1993. That he was gradually starved out of regular position in the national team, as balls were not being fed to him as the main striker. But this is an allegation that Adepoju, who played with Yekini, swiftly disputed. He sunk deeper and recoiled into his own shell before he died and while neighbors complain of his mental health he wasn’t willing to share and open up about what was going on and what he was pass in through which at the end of the ended on a sad note for him and all sport loving Nigerians.

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