Odegbami: Nigeria May Never See Another Rashidi Yekini

first_img Odegbami was the star when Nigeria claimed her first African triumph, scoring three goals and picking the highest goal scorer award. He ended his career as the national team’s best finisher after netting 22 goals. His record stood for over a decade before a certain Yekini emerged on the scene. Unstoppable, unpredictable, and effective, the former Vitoria de Setubal star led Nigeria to her second AFCON glory in 1994 and her first appearance at the FIFA World Cup. It was only fitting he scored the Super Eagles’ first-ever goal at the Mundial in a 3-0 defeat of Bulgaria at USA ’94. By the time the 1993 African Footballer of the Year hanged his boots, he had scored 37 times to climb above Odegbami on the scorer’s chart. Many Nigerian strikers, including Obafemi Martins, Victor Agali, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, and Nwankwo Kanu, have all aimed at that scoring record, but all have missed.Advertisement Loading… Lille’s Victor Osimhen is the man presently being hailed as the man to chase down Yekini’s feat after netting four goals in his last four games for Gernot Rohr’s men. But Odegbami is not sure if anyone present or in the future can ever go close because the system does not favour them. “Yes, we can have another Rashidi Yekini, but unfortunately the environment will not allow it,” Odegbami told This Day in response to a question asking if Nigeria can see another Yekini. “Nigeria is filled with an abundance of talents waiting to be discovered, but unfortunately, we operate a system that doesn’t encourage good grassroots sports development, not just football alone. read also:Eight years on, FIFA, NFF, Eagles celebrate late Rashidi Yekini “Where did Rashidi Yekini come from? Nobody knew him until we brought him to Ibadan from Kaduna. The system then was good for talents to flourish but not anymore.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigerian legend, Segun Odegbami, has expressed the concern that Nigeria may not produce another striker as prolific as Rashidi Yekini because there are no proper structures in place to yield such. Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img

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