Saturday, May 5, 2012
Photos From Rashidi Yekini's Burial
Yekini, 48, died Friday after a brief illness and was laid to rest according to Islamic rites. It was a very pensive atmosphere.
The little town of Iraa stood still for their hero as tens of thousands attended his final passage on earth.
One of his wives and her daughter were at the graveside as were several former internationals like Ademola Adeshina, Mutiu Adepoju and Ike Shorunmu.
The wife, who has two other children for Yekini, refused to make any comments.
She was reportedly the one who took care of the striker when he fell ill.
Yekini is also survived by a grandmother and a mother.
Meanwhile, more tributes have continued to pour in for the departed Nigeria football legend.
Ajax Amsterdam and former Eagles star Finidi George said he has lost a brother.
"It was a dark Friday because we lost our brother, friend and a Nigeria football legend. I couldn't believe it when I was told that Yekini is dead," said Finidi, who played alongside Yekini at both the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
Former Eagles left back Ben Iroha said Yekini should be immortalised by way of naming a major stadium after him.
He should be immortalised by naming a stadium after him because he did well for the country and deserve it," he asked.
Garba Lawal said he still cannot come to terms with the death of the prolific striker.
"It's still a shock to me. I spoke last to him about three weeks ago and I later learnt that he was sick briefly but he had recovered," said Lawal, who played with Yekini in the national team and started his football at the same youth club Ade Shooting Stars in Kaduna.
President of the country's players' union, Dahiru Sadi, said his body will meet Tuesday with the NFF to discuss on what should be done to immortalise Yekini.