Younger brother of late Rashidi Yekini dies in Kwara state

Younger brother of late Rashidi Yekini dies in Kwara state

- Akeem Yekini, the younger brother of ex Super Eagles star Rashidi Yekini is dead

- He died on Sunday, May 6, in Ijagbo, Kwara state, and he has been buried according to Islamic rites

- Akeem was said to have been down with malaria for close to one week before his death

The family of late former Super Eagles star Rashidi Yekini have been thrown into another mourning following the untimely death of Akeem Yekini.

Akeem Yekini, 36, who was one of the two surviving brothers of Rashidi Yekini died on Sunday, May 6, according to the report reaching from a family member.

A family member named Tajudeen confirmed to on Tuesday afternoon, May 8, that Akeem was rushed to the General Hospital in Ilorin on Saturday, May 5, before he died the next day after returning to his base in Ijagbo which is a town in Kwara.

Younger brother of late Rashidi Yekini dies in Kwara state

Younger brother of late Rashidi Yekini dies in Kwara state (photo:

''He has been sick for a while, but last Saturday, he was in a bad condition in which we had to rush him to Ilorin where he was treated and we returned the same day.

''But on Sunday morning, he started coughing seriously and vomiting blood, and before we knew what was happening, he died in the process and he has been buried,'' Tajudeen explained to

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Unlike his elder brother Rashidi who played for the Super Eagles scoring 37 goals, Akeem also chose football as a career, but he never had the same level of success like his brother..

His dream was to play in Europe or America, and in the process, he had numerous trials in Brazil and Denmark, but he never signed for any club.

His ordeal began after the death of his late brother Rashidi Yekini who died on May, 4 2012, as Akeem had no other means of livelihood than to go into casual work as a labourer.

He was called for a trial in 2016 by local Nigerian club Gateway FC and Shooting Stars of Ibadan, but Akeem claimed he had a serious ankle problem which stopped him from playing.

Until his death, Akeem Yekini lived together with his mother in Ijagbo, Kwara state. He is survived by two daughters.

Previously, had reported the impoverished condition of the mother of late football star Rashidi Yekini as the family had been living in terrible condition since the death of the Nigerian forward.

Sikiratu Yekini is the mother of late Super Eagles star Rashidi Yekini. She confirmed that she has been living from hands to mouth since the demise of her son.

She also explained how her late son Rashidi Yekini started his football career when he was young.

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