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 Rashidi YEKINI 1990-1994 
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Name: Rashidi Yekini

Nickname: "The Bull of Kaduna"


Country: :NIG: Nigeria
Club: Vitória Setúbal
Position: *CF
Number: 9
Side: RF/BS
Age: 27-31 years (23/10/1963)

Height: 187 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Attack: 85
Defence: 30
Balance: 91
Stamina: 77
Top Speed: 85
Acceleration: 89
Response: 82
Agility: 75
Dribble Accuracy: 78
Dribble Speed: 79
Short Pass Accuracy: 71
Short Pass Speed: 71
Long Pass Accuracy: 67
Long Pass Speed: 69
Shot Accuracy: 83
Shot Power: 87
Shot Technique: 83
Free Kick Accuracy: 74
Curling: 60
Header: 83
Jump: 86
Technique: 79
Aggression: 88
Mentality: 73
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 71

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 5
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot frequency: 5
Consistency: 5
Growth type: Standard

S01 - Marauding
P12 - Goal Poacher

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Reaction - Post Player

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


Yekini was born in Kaduna. After starting his professional career in the Nigerian league, he moved to Côte d'Ivoire to play for Africa Sports National. From there he went to Portugal and Vitória de Setúbal, where he experienced his most memorable years, eventually becoming the Portuguese first division's top scorer, in 1993–94, as his performances (32 matches, 34 goals) earned him the title of African Footballer of the Year in 1993, the first ever from the nation.

In the 1994 summer, Yekini was bought by Olympiacos FC, but did not get along with teammates and left. His career never really got back on track, not even upon a return to Setúbal, which happened after another unassuming spell, in La Liga with Sporting de Gijón. He successively played with FC Zürich, Club Athlétique Bizertin and Al-Shabab Riyadh, before rejoining Africa Sports. In 2003, at 39, he returned to the Nigerian championship with Julius Berger FC. In 2005, 41-year old Yekini made a short comeback, moving alongside former national teammate Mobi Oparaku to Gateway FC.

Scoring 37 goals for Nigeria's national side, in 70 appearances, Yekini is the national record goalscorer. He was part of the team that participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup (where he scored Nigeria's first ever goal in a World Cup, in a 3–0 win against Bulgaria) and the 1998 World Cup. Additionally, Yekini also helped the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, where he also topped the goal charts, and participated at Olympic level, in Seoul 1988.

Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:15 am
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