Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi
Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi, has dedicated his FA Cup winners’ medal to Rashidi Yekini and promised to further honour the late Nigerian football legend during the Champions League Final slated for May 19 in Munich, Germany.
The legendary Yekini who scored Nigeria’s first World Cup goal at USA ’94 edition, passed away a day before Mikel played a key part in helping Chelsea land another Wembley triumph.
Mikel told KickOffNigeria.com he was devastated to hear about Yekini's death.
“I don't remember seeing him play, but as a kid growing up, I saw some of the clips from the 1994 World Cup and his name was among those that we used to hear all the time,” Mikel said
“He was one of those that I looked up to as inspiration to be a footballer, and I was devastated to hear what happened to him.
“I would like to dedicate my FA Cup medal to him, and if the manager picks me, I will also try to do something to honour him during the Champions League Final,” observed the Eagles player.
Mikel's Chelsea face Bayern Munich in UEFA's showpiece club event, and the midfielder says irrespective of what happens after 90 minutes, he will find a way to show respect to his late countryman.
“I can't say what I will do yet, but he deserves every honour and this is just my own little way of showing respect to him for what he did for this country.”
Meanwhile, Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has demanded assurances from the Chelsea ace before he is invited.
Mikel has yet to feature for the Eagles since Keshi was appointed coach in November.
And after a hectic season with Chelsea that will include starring in the UEFA Champions League, Mikel may wish to enjoy his holidays rather than get back into the thick of action in a very busy month of June for Nigeria.
“For Mikel, he has been doing very well with Chelsea and I am considering him, but he must first confirm his readiness before I would invite him," Keshi explained.
"I have been talking with a lot of them and have asked them if they would want to play during the off-season. The ones who will be coming have verbally agreed to come.
“I as a person would not force any player to play or beg any player to play. I played four years without a break for my country, so it’s up to these players, but one thing I can tell you is that I won't beg any player to play.”