Sports minister Sunday Dare has explained why the mothers of late Nigerian football stars Rashidi Yekini and Samuel Okwaraji would be taken care of by the sports ministry.
The sports ministry recently placed Yekini’s mother on a monthly stipend of N10, 000.
The minister made this known on his Twitter handle on Thursday.
He said, “The mothers of Rashidi Yekini and Sam Okwaraji will enjoy more benefits and remuneration as soon as the ministry works out other details. The final details will be privately communicated. What government has done is to reach out and recognise the labours of these soccer heroes through their mothers. We value motherhood and service, and no contributor to our nation will be left behind as we seek to beat a new path.”
Yekini, a former Green Eagles striker and Nigeria’s all-time top scorer with 37 goals in 58 games, died at 48 on May 8, 2012.
He was named the 1993 African Player of the Year and was top scorer as Nigeria claimed a second AFCON title in 1994.
He holds the record of scoring the country’s first ever World Cup goal, grabbing the opener against Bulgaria as the Eagles cruised to a 3-0 win.
Okwaraji, a midfielder, played eight games and scored one goal for the Eagles. He collapsed and died during a 1990 World Cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos, on August 12, 1989.