The late Rashidi Yekini and two-time heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua are set to receive national honours from President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on October 11.
Yekini who passed away 10 years ago after a protracted illness on May 5, 2012 in his native Kwara State will be awarded with a posthumous Member of the Order of the Niger award.
The prolific striker scored Nigeria’s first-ever goal at the World Cup, against Bulgaria at USA ‘94, and led the way as they won the Africa Cup of Nations in the same year. He is Nigeria’s top international scorer, with 37 goals from 58 games.
Also, two-time heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua whose father hails from Sagamu in Ogun State, will be awarded the Officer of The Federal Republic.
In 2018, Joshua was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the then Prince Charles, after retaining his WBA, IBF and WBO titles.