Late Yekini Floors Ghana Legend Yeboah In FIFA’s Best Striker Poll

Late Yekini Floors Ghana Legend Yeboah In FIFA’s Best Striker Poll

Late legendary Nigerian striker Rashidi Yekini has been rated a better striker than former Black Stars of Ghana forward Anthony Yeboah, Completesports.com reports.

This was according to a poll organised by world football governing body FIFA on their verified Twitter handle.

Football fans were asked to cast their votes on who among Yekini and Yeboah was a better striker.

At the end of the voting which had 10,445 votes, Yekini emerged winner with an overwhelming 78 per cent while Yeboah got 22 per cent.

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Born in Kaduna, of Yoruba origin, Yekini started his professional career in the Nigerian league before moving to Côte d’Ivoire to play for Africa Sports National in 1987.

From Africa Sports he went to Portugal and joined Vitória de Setúbal in 1990 and experienced his most memorable years, eventually becoming the Primeira Liga’s top scorer in the 1993–94 season with 21 goals.

The previous campaign he had netted a career-best 34 in 32 games to help Setubal promote from the second division, which earned him the African Footballer of the Year, the first ever Nigerian to achieve the feat.

He made his senior national team debut in 1984 scored 37 goals in 58 appearances before retiring from international football in 1998.

He emerged top scorer at the 1992 and 1994 AFCON after netting four and five goals respectively. 

His impressive performance helped the Super Eagles emerge champions at the 1994 AFCON, the country’s second continental title.

He played a vital role as the Eagles qualified for the 1994 World Cup, the first time Nigeria will pick the ticket for football’s elite tournament.

Also, he scored Nigeria’s first ever goal at the World Cup in the 3-0 win against Bulgaria.

He sadly passed away in Ibadan on 4 May 2012 at the age of 48.

Yeboah was born in Kumasi , Ghana and after spending his youth in Kumasi, he joined German club 1. FC Saarbrücken in 1988.
 
He left Saarbrücken and joined Eintracht Frankfurt in 1990, where he became the first African Bundesliga club captain and went on to become Bundesliga top scorer twice with in 1993 and 1994.

After departing Frankfurt he moved to the Premier League and joined Leeds United and returned to the Bundesliga to play for Hamburg.

He made his debut with the Black Stars in 1985 made 59 appearances scored 29 goals before calling it quit in 1997.

He was a member of the Ghana squad that finished second at the 1992 AFCON after losing to Cote d’Ivoire on penalties.

By James Agberebi 

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 2
  • Some would argue that Yeboah was more ‘skillful’ than Yekini but honestly (being a Nigerian aside), I think this is even questionable.

    Truth be told, Yekini made greater impact on African football than Yeboah – fact!

    Propelling Nigeria to the world cup for the first time and scoring his country’s ever goal in the mundial with a celebration to match remains unsurpassed as an emblem.

    Masterminding Afcon glory for Nigeria with glorious goals after a 14 year wait will never go forgotten.

    I just realised (according to the article above) that Yekini won the Africa Footballer of the Year award whilst playing division 2 football in Portugal – a feat that is quite extraordinary and (I think) similarly unsurpassed.

    Yeboah belongs to a golden generation of Black Stars of Ghana that do what Golden generations are more better known for – play beautiful football but do so while largely underachieving.

    Yekini belongs to a ‘fruitful’ age of the Super Eagles of Nigeria who would go on to fulfil their potentials.

    Just like the 7Up motto ‘the difference is clear, Yekini was more impactful in African football than Yeboah.

     
  • Pompei 3 weeks ago

    Spot on Deo. Yeboah was good, no doubt. But Yekini’s stats were just unreal. Ridiculous, in fact. 164 goals in 253 club games. 37 goals in 58 internationals. That’s approx 0.64 goal per game ratio for club and country, compared to Yeboah’s 0.47 ratio. Yekini was a goal machine. And even if you talk about skill, although his appearance made him look gangly and clumsy, he was quite skillful, and his ball control and first touch was very good. One skill he seemed to have perfected was his ability to chest down long range passes. The guy seemed to have eyes at the back of his head. He would chest a ball coming from behind him down perfectly. His ferocious shots, pace, skills, strength and hunger for goals made him the stuff of nightmares for goalkeepers and defenders.