The enigma of Rashidi Yekini's goal-scoring record for Nigeria: Can Victor Osimhen or any other striker surpass it?
|Rashidi Yekini's all-time highest goal scorer for the Super Eagles remains unmatched, is there hope for Victor Osimhen?|
Over the decades, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have turned out top strikers but how come the all-time highest goal scorer for the Nigerian senior national team remains the late Rashidi Yekini?
The former 3SC striker stays on top of the scoring log for Nigeria despite being out of the national team scene for more than twenty years.
And as of today, he has fourteen more goals than Segun Odegbami, who is the closest to him.
Lots of strikers have come and gone with high promises and poor delivery in the end.
When Emmanuel Emenike broke onto the scene, many thought he’d be the man to wipe out Yekini’s record, but the Turkey-based striker soon fizzled out.
Brown Ideye, Victor Agali, and Benedict Akuegbu are all flattered to deceive, but where are they today?
If there’s one player that many thought would go all the way, considering his age and how good he actually was when he started, it was Obafemi Martins.
But the former Newcastle man only delivered 18 goals.
Martins is the fifth all-time highest goal scorer for the Super Eagles, but who are the men above him outside the Goal Father himself?
Ikechukwu Uche, the one-time wonder boy in the attack for the Super Eagles, only managed 19 goals before he left the scene.
You can blame all these on the managerial instability, but with the avalanche of talents at the disposal of the African giants, Yekini’s 37-goal haul shouldn’t be such an insurmountable task for the names that have led the line for the Super Eagles since he left.
There are tonnes of qualifiers and friendly games; the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup (when they qualify) present good opportunities.
But how come the third-placed striker on the Super Eagles’ all-time goal-scoring log only has 21 goals? Yakubu Ayegbeni had about ten years with the team and 21 goals.
Step forward Victor Osimhen, with age on his side and global hype around him, is the latest hope, but how far would he go?
At 25, and a subject of transfer away from Napoli, probably to the Premier League, where Chelsea and Manchester United are eyeing him, or PSG, can he break Yekini’s record?