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Last Updated: Friday, 30 November 2007, 14:59 GMT
Yobo sure of Nations Cup title
By Ben Wyatt
BBC Sport

Joseph Yobo
Yobo plays for English Premier League side Everton
Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo thinks 2008 will be the year the Super Eagles reclaim the Cup of Nations.

The 26-year-old, who plays for Everton, said the timing is right for serial third-place finishers Nigeria to go all the way in next year's finals in Ghana.

Yobo said: "I have played in three Cup of Nations tournaments - in every minute of every game, and each time I have picked up the bronze medal.

"In Ghana it is time for the team to go one better and I know we can do this."

Nigeria finished in third place at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Nations Cup and have not won the tournament since 1994 when they beat Zambia 2-1 in the final.

"For some reason we always collapse in the semi finals and I don't know why.

"We should definitely make the final next year, if we get there the team would do everything to win the trophy."

For some reason we always collapse in the semi finals and I don't know why
Joseph Yobo

Everton could also lose Nigerian strikers Aiyegbeni Yakubu and Victor Anchebe as well as Yobo if they are all called up by German coach Berti Vogts.

But Everton's loss will be the Super Eagles' gain as Yobo insists.

"All the players in the Nigerian team are in a good mood - Yakubu and Anichebe are doing well - we all just want to make our country proud.

"Plus playing in Ghana will be great opportunity - becuase it is so close to Nigeria it will be like playing in a second home," Yobo added.

"We'll try and take advantage of this and the fact many of our fans will be there to support us."

Nigeria will have to overcome Ivory Coast, Mali and Benin in Group B if they are to progress to the knock out stage.

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