The former captain of the national team, the Super Eagles, Rashidi Yekini can, no doubt, be described as a worthy ambassador for Nigeria.
This is because it has been established that during the period that he played professional soccer in Portugal, he lifted high the flag of Nigeria both on the field and in his private life.
A visit to the country revealed that the average Portuguese does not know much about Nigeria, and for that matter Africa, but for the exploits of Yekini during his days at Vitoria Setubal.
Though Yekini left Portugal, it was obvious he left a lasting impression and a memorable legacy.
Whenever one identified himself/herself as a Nigerian in Portugal, one is easily associated with that football legend under who reigned as a goal poacher. Yekini left a lasting impression on the minds of football fans globally.
Perhaps, if we want to market Nigeria, we can use Yekini and his exploits in Portugal.
His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal, but he also played in six other countries besides his own.
Yekini enjoyed his best spell at a European club at Vitoria Setubal. He scored 90 goals in 108 appearances for the modest Portuguese club between 1990 and 1994.
He scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition. He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993.