The Nigeria Football Federation has declared that it will partner the Foundation launched by the children of the late Super Eagles’ goal –king, Rashidi Yekini.
This was disclosed at the weekend by NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who received Yemisi Yekini and her sister, Omoyemi at the Lagos State Football Association office in Lagos.
“We will provide a solid base and support for the Foundation, which is a noble objective and deserves commendation. The NFF is truly impressed that you children of late Yekini have come up with this great idea.
“Of course, we will commit whatever we can to the Foundation. Yekini remains a Nigeria legend for all time. I advise that you should allow the Foundation to be run by professionals.”
Earlier, the eldest child, Yemisi, who is a student of cinematography at Leicester University, United Kingdom had formally informed Akinwunmi of the Foundation, and requested the NFF to help with materials that tell the story of her father’s marvelous contributions to Nigeria football while representing fatherland. These, she said, would be used to set up a Rashidi Yekini Museum in his home in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Akinwunmi, who is also Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, also disclosed that the LSFA/Akinwunmi Charity Foundation would take up payment of the school fees of Omoyemi Yekini, late Yekini’s last child, who is studying English at the University if Ilorin.
Yekini scored 37 goals for the Super Eagles in an international career that spanned 15 years.