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Rashidi Yekini beats Tony Yeboah in FIFA’s best striker poll

Legendary Nigerian striker, late Rashidi Yekini has been rated a better striker than former Black Stars of Ghana forward Anthony Yeboah according to a poll organised by World Football Governing body, FIFA

On FIFA’s verified Twitter handle, football fans were asked to cast their votes on who among Yekini and Yeboah was a better striker.

And after the stipulated time for the poll, the world football governing body got 10,445 votes in which Rashidi Yekini polled 77.9 percent of the votes, while Yeboah polled 22.1 percent.

The late Yekini is AFCON’s 3rd all-time scorer and was the highest scorer in two AFCON tournaments and was also awarded the CAF player of the year in 1993.

He also scored Nigeria’s first-ever World Cup goal at USA’94. He played for Abiola Babes, African Sport, Victoria Setubal and Olympiacos. He scored 91 goals in 114 appearances for Setubal.

He also played in the Seoul ’88 Olympics. He was the best player at the 1994 African of Nations after emerging as the highest goal scorer of the tournament.

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Yekini who hailed from Kwara state was born in Kaduna and started his football career in the northern state before he moved to Ivory Coast. It was from Africa Sports that Rashidi Yekini moved to Portugal.

Nicknamed Ye-King, scored a total of 164 goals in 253 club appearances and 37 goals in 58 national team games. He also won the Portuguese Primeira Liga Golden Boot with 21 goals.

His performances the following season helped him to be named the African footballer of the year as Yekini became the first ever Nigerian to win the award.

Rashidi Yekini remains Super Eagles highest goal scorer with 37 goals after playing 58 games for Nigeria before retiring in 1998.


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