Kwara State governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has promised to host the 1994 Super Eagles’ squad in recognition of their role in lifting the image of the country and to keep the memory of late Rashidi Yekini alive.
The Governor He made the pledge while on a visit to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, where they also discussed prospects in youth and sports development and areas of mutual collaboration.
The Minister reminded the Governor of the series of letters that had been written to the Kwara State Government to immortalise for African Footballer of the Year with the naming of the stadium after him.
He also announced the progress made to immortalize late Nigerian football icon, Rashidi Yekini, by naming the Kwara State Sports Complex Stadium, Ilorin, after him.
“We will send a bill to the State House of Assembly to immortalize Rashidi Yekini with the name of the stadium after him, after the approval,” he said.
Governor Abdulrazaq said he was a passionate follower of the US ‘94 squad. “I was at the stadium in the US when Daniel Amokachi scored what seemed to be the best goal against Greece. It was quite memorable for me as an ardent lover of the game of football. After that goal, I fell in love with Jersey “Number 14” which Daniel Amokachi (aka) “The Bull”, wore. After the tournament, I knew it would be difficult to produce the same of great and committed footballers.”
He said he was looking forward to hosting the USA ‘94 Squad in Ilorin, to relive the memory of late Yekini, who hailed from the Ira Local Area of Kwara State.
The Special Assistant Sports to the President, Daniel Amokachi, said he was excited that the Governor had deemed it fit to rename the Kwara State Stadium after his late team mate, even as he was looking forward to the Governor hosting the team.