Sports Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare has applauded the Kwara State governor for immortalizing the former Super Eagles player and one time African footballer of the year, late Rashidi Yekini.
Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Thursday visited the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare in his office in Abuja at a meeting that yielded fruitful deliberations as both sports lovers discussed prospects in youth and sports development.
In the meeting, Brila.net gathered that Governor AbdulRazaq announced that progress has been made in immortalizing football icon, Rashidi Yekini by naming the Kwara State Sports Complex Stadium Ilorin after him.
Earlier, Dare said the ministry had written series of letters to the Kwara Government on the need to immortalize the football icon. Dare urged the governor to sustain his support for sports development as it was a veritable tool for engaging the youth and reducing social vices in the country.
“I want to thank his excellency for hosting our biggest youth games in Ilorin, let me inform you that we are coming to Ilorin again because of the facilities at University of Ilorin, soonest we will be around for the youth games.
“I love the fact that the governor also loves sport, I want to encourage your excellency to invest more on sports,” he added.
The minister also discussed several ways of developing youth and sports with the governor in line with international best practices.
Rashidi Yekini who hails from Kwara, died on May 4, 2012 in Ibadan at the age of 48.