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Title: Rasheed Yekini Award Not a Golden Handshake | For Nigeria Premier League Highest Goal Scorer of the Season
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LMC has approved the naming of Glo Premier League highest goal scorer of the season prize as 'Rasheed Yekini Award,' in its...



LMC has approved the naming of Glo Premier League highest goal scorer of the season prize as 'Rasheed Yekini Award,' in its gesture to immortalize one of Nigeria's football legends.

Late Rasheed Yekini was better known for his extraordinary goal scoring ability. Till date his record remain as the highest goal Scorer for Nigeria national team - scored 37 goals in 84 caps.

Looking at his record, Yekini was the first Nigerian to ever score a world cup goal at USA'94. He won the highest goal scorer award for every single league he played in Nigeria (3sc), Ivory Coast (Africa Sports National) and Portugal (Vitoria Setubal). He went on to win the Africa footballer of the Yeara1994.  So it is appropriate for LMC to honor him and try to immortalize his name along this reckoning.



To ensure that the award isn't just another handshake, but prestigious one, players will be looking forward to, Rasheed Yekini Foundation has decided to be doling out N100, 000 to the award winner for each season; alongside Silverware worth N50, 000. With hope to increase the prize money to about half a million Naira in the next 5years.

Indeed, this is a gesture to encourage players and to make goal scoring in the league more competitive. As we all know, scoring goal is the single most important high point in every football game.

At the inaugural presentation of the award, at the close of the on-going Premier league season in Nigeria, the foundation plan to fly in Rasheed Yekini's only daughter from London to hand over the award to the eventual winner.



Meanwhile, Heartland striker, Bright Ejike and Sunshine Star, Tunde Adeniji are currently leading the goal scoring chat with 11 goals each, after the close of  first round. Following the improved quality of the league this season, are we likely to see any player go near the all time record of 23 goals,  set by Enyimba's Mfon Udoh last season? Well, you never can tell what will happen during the second round.

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