Erstwhile Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ coaches, Clemens Westerhof and Bonfrere Jo have signified their intentions to be in Ibadan this Friday to honour late Nigerian legend, Rashidi Yekini a year after he died.
Yekini, who is Nigeria’s all-time highest goal scorer died in Ibadan on May 4, 2012 at the age of 48 and was interred the next day in his home town in Irra, Oyun local government in Kwara State
Yekini’s lawyer and planner of the one-year remembrance programme, Barrister Jubril Mohammed Olanrewaju said that the two former handlers of the Super Eagles had revealed that Yekini was the hero who contributed immensely to their success while handling the Nigerian senior national team.
“Westerhof and Bonfere Jo have shown interest to be in Ibadan on Friday for the first year anniversary of Rashidi Yekini and we are working on the logistics to bring them in for the event,” he disclosed.
Olanrewaju also disclosed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) last weekend sent two sets of jerseys and balls to the Rashidi Yekini Foundation in order to properly kit the ex-international and Yekini’s former teammates, who would play at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba in honour of the late football star.
“The NFF has promised us in a meeting that apart from gracing the book launch slated for the Jogor Centre on Thursday, May 2nd, they would also do their best to make the ceremonial football match a memorable one.
“They (NFF) also told me that it is likely for Alhaji (Aminu) Maigari to be in Germany ahead of the preparation of the Super Eagles camping programme for the tight schedule in June and may not be at the ceremony but has delegated the Secretary of the Association, Barrister Musa Amadu to mobilise vice-president, Mike Umeh and other top officers at the Glass House to grace the occasion and to do all that is required to make the day a success,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Samson Siasia, Thompson Oliha,Friday Ekpo, Mutiu Adepoju, Dimeji Lawal, Duke Udi, Ike Shorunmu, Garba Lawal, Toyin Ayinla are amongst past Nigerian internationals who have signified their readiness to participate in the match while the two teams, Lagos All Stars and Ibadan All Stars would be handled by the trio of Clemens Westerhof, Bonfrere Jo and Amodu Shuaibu.
Yekini’s former club in Portugal, Vitoria Setubal also in an e-mail promised to mobilise their officials and ex-players to feature in the ceremonial match.