By Yinka Owolewa
The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has hired a maid and a nurse to take care of the late Rasheed Yekini’s mother, Alhaja Sikirat Yekini.
Saraki, represented by Alloy Chukwuemeka, the Director of Football, Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC, disclosed this on Friday in Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area of the state.
He also donated a Tricycle to the younger brother of late Rasheed Yekini, Hakeem.
Saraki said that he had financed the sinking of a borehole, renovated the residence of Alhaja Sikirat Yekini and upgraded her shop to a mini mart.
He said the visit was to meet with the family and see how they could be assisted to better their lots, noting that the aim was to make the family not to feel neglected or abandoned.
The Senate President also announced an annual football competition for U-13 boys “so another Rasheed Yekini can be discovered among the youth from Ijagbo, Ira and Offa.”
Saraki said that the competition will be sponsored yearly by him and would be tagged Rasheed Yekini U-13 football competition.
The Senate President also challenged well to do Nigerians to remember the Yekini family always.
He also donated balls, jerseys and trophy for the Rasheed Yekini U-13 football competition.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that late Yekini who netted 37 goals in 58 appearances for the Super Eagles, represented Nigeria at the 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994 Africa Nations Cup finals.
He also represented Nigeria at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and also played for Nigeria at the USA’94 and France ’98 World Cups finals.
He emerged as African Footballer of the Year In 1993, the first time a Nigerian would be crowned as such.
Rasheed Yekini who was buried on May 5, 2012 according to Muslim rites in Ira, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State was said to have suffered some mental challenges before his death.