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Failure Not to Reconcile My Relationship With Rashidi Yekini Before His Demise Was My biggest Regret—Mutiu Adepoju


The former Nigerian, Ibadan-based Footballer, Mutiu Adepoju, has described his relationship with his former colleague, Rashidi Yekini, and how he regrets his refusal to settle the feud between both parties before the latter died.

Adepoju confirmed his strong relationship with the late teammate, Rashidi Yekini, and the good rapport between the two parties before the demise of his old friend.

He spoke in an interview at Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio, anchored by Olayinka Agboola on Space FM, 90.1, on Tuesday.
Mutiu Adepoju, popularly known as the Headmaster acknowledged his close relationship with the Goal King, Rashidi Yekini but he confessed that he regretted his actions for not settling the feud before the demise of late Rashidi Yekini.

He described further to say, “We actually fell apart along the line, we stopped relating when I realized that he would not pick my calls again. I just decided not to look at his side anymore. But, I actually should have asked him why he was not picking my calls or returning my calls.”

Adepoju also talked about the relationship he had with another U20 and Super Eagles’ colleague.

He said, ” Dimeji and I have always been together. We have a long history as friends. We grew up together at CIRN in Ibadan, Oyo state capital city.”


Talking about his passion for football, he said ” everything that you are involved in is about passion. I never imagined doing any other thing than football. God is the only one that can show the way.”

Speaking about his memorable moments, he said ” one of my most memorable moments was in 1989 when we performed what Nigerians referred to as Daman Miracle in Saudi Arabia.

According to the former Super Eagles’ playmaker, “The lesson I learnt from the Daman Miracle was never to give up in the face of challenges.”

He described Nigerian football as a league with many potentials which can grow better than the La Liga which he had played for several years.

When asked about the death of another Super Eagles’ colleague, Ajibade Babalade, he expressed deep sadness.
He said, “Babalade was a person I know very well, we played together at Senegal 92. And when I returned to the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) as the General Manager, he was the Camp Commandant before I made him the Team Manager. Ike Shorounmu called me that same Friday night to inform me about the death of Babalade. It was a sad loss.”

While speaking about 3SC, he expressed his satisfaction over the contribution of Governor Seyi Makinde to the growth of the team.

He said, “I must commend the effort of His Excellency for his determination to ensure that 3SC returns to winning ways. I can confirm that he has been taking good measures to care for the team players and management. I believe this will spur the team to more heights.”