Kwara Gov moves to rename Illorin stadium after Rashidi Yekini


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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State on Thursday declared that the State Stadium Sports Complex, Illorin will be named after the late Rashidi Yekini.

The governor was responding to a request by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare for the late football icon to be immortalized by the state government.

Both leaders had met in the governor’s Abuja office.

The governor said the process of immortalizing the late Yekini was already on, explaining that a bill will soon be sent to the State House of Assembly to approve the renaming of the sports complex after the late footballer.

“We will send a bill to the State House of Assembly to immortalise Rashidi Yekini, with the name of the stadium changing after the approval.”

Late Yekini, the football legend and ex-international hailed from Ira in Oyun Local Government Council Area of Kwara State.

The governor also discussed prospects in youth and sports development with the minister, according to a statement on Thursday.

Dare had told the governor about the series of letters that the sports ministry wrote to the Kwara State Government for the immortalisation of the late football legend.

He also encouraged him to invest more in Sporting facilities in the state.

“I want to thank his excellency for hosting our biggest youth game in Ilorin, your excellency, we are coming to Ilorin again because of the facilities in the University of Ilorin soonest for the youth game.

“I love the fact that His Excellency AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq loves sports. I want to encourage your excellency to invest more in sports,” he stated.

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