After scoring his country's first ever goal in the World Cup the forward showed how much it meant to him. Emotional stuff...Goal.com, in association with Coca-Cola, are counting down the Top 50 most memorable World Cup celebrations of all time. Today we go back to 1994 for a moment of African football history as Nigeria celebrate their first ever goal in the World Cup.
8) Rashidi Yekini – Nigeria (USA 1994)
Forward to 0:50 to see goal and celebration
Sheer unrestrained joy. Nigeria’s swashbuckling Super Eagles demolished Bulgaria 3-0 in their first ever World Cup match with powerhouse centre forward Rashidi Yekini netting the opener. His simple tap-in set the ball rolling for a fine display, against a team who eventually finished fourth, but what remains with everybody is Yekini’s reaction as he gripped the netting and wailed with delight throwing his fists into the air to enjoy his moment of history. Yekini’s team-mates allowed him to revel in the glory of Nigeria’s first goal in the World Cup before he untangled himself to take their acclaim. The image of the forward letting it all out remains one of the iconic moments in World Cup history. Raw emotion at its absolute best.
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