By Paul Bassey
Nigeria’s prolific goal scorer Rashidi Yekini, resurrected Wednesday at the Kasarani Sadium in Nairobi.
The late football star popularly known as “ goals father “ was sorely missed by Nigerian student Ayo Aderibigbe who believed that Rashidi Yekini would have made a difference in the match.
” Oga I am sure that you will agree with me that if Rashidi Yekini was playing today, Kenya would have been two goals down by now”
The exclamation came as a result of fluffed chances by the Eagles attacking trio of Ideye, Oduamadi and Ahmed Musa.
Ideye was the main culprit not having enough to offer against a Kenya defense that was jittery and uncoordinated in the opening minutes of the match.
Ayo, schooling in Nairobi was a study in nerves visiting the gents intermittently even as the Kenyans made some sporadic moves.
” Oga you know that if they score us now, it is finished. We just have to score first. In fact one goal is not enough. We should have scored two by now. Ah Yekini, may his soul rest in piece…..” he screamed.
The Eagles attack did not also benefit support services from the midfield of Mikel, Onazi and Mbah, who although had the control of the midfield did not penetrate effectively deciding instead to spray the passes around.
Just when Nigerians had settled down for a possible draw, Ahmed Musa went solo, darted after a clearance from his defense line outpaced Brian Mandela in the Kenyan rear before lobbying the ball over goalkeeper Ochieng for the all important strike.