CAF President, Issa Hayatou on Saturday sent a letter of condolence to NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, over the death of former international striker Rashidi Yekini.
“It is with great sadness and sorrow that we learnt of the passing away of Mr. Rashidi Yekini on May 4th at the young age of 49 at Ibadan.
“On behalf of the CAF Executive Committee, the Confederation of African Football, the entire African football family and in my personal name, I hereby present to you, to the Nigerian football family and to Mr. Yekini’s family our most sincere condolences”.
The one-time African Footballer of the Year in 1993 was Nigeria’s national record goal scorer, netting 37 goals in 58 appearances. He represented Nigeria at the 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1994 African Nations Cup finals and also represented Nigeria at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
“His fantastic displays of skills and talent were evident to the world during Nigeria’s campaigns at the USA ’94 and France ’98 World Cup finals. We will deeply miss him.
“May God bless his soul and give patience and strength to his family.”