Why Yekini didn’t relate well with teammates – Onigbinde


Former Super Eagles coach, Chief Festus Onigbinde, has shared insight into the make-up of deceased goal poacher, late Rashidi Yekini.

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Yekini died eight years ago after an illustrious and storied career during which he won the coveted African footballer of the year and scored 37 times for Super Eagles in 60 matches.

Chief Onigbinde

The late strikers during his time played under several coaches both home and abroad, one of whom was Coach Onigbinde who handled him at both clubside with IICC and the national team.

In an interview to commemorate his death anniversary, the Modake High Chief told The Nation that Yekini could not relate well with his teammates due to deficiency in English language borne out of his complete lack of formal education.

The octogenarian who first invited the late striker to Eagles camp in 1984 said: “Right away, I was able to identify Yekini’s problems because he was a stark illiterate because he didn’t have formal education so to speak.

“He will keep quiet when his teammates were blowing grammar and that I think this accounted for his inability to socialise much throughout his life.

“In coaching we have both the group and individual methods; you put players together with their levels of understanding while you’ll have to deal with individual characteristics; but I was happy I was able to change few things about him because he improved overtime.”

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