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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 January 2008, 11:09 GMT
Yakubu and Yobo delay departure
Yakubu Aiyegbeni
Yakubu scored the winning goal to put Everton through to the semis
The Nigerian Football Association have allowed English Premier League side Everton to delay the departure of two players for the African Cup of Nations.

Striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni and defender Joseph Yobo will now join the Super Eagles' squad after Tuesday 8 January.

It means they will be available for Everton's League Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Yakubu scored the winning goal in his side's 2-1 defeat over West Ham United in the League Cup quarter-final.

606: DEBATE

The Super Eagles won the African Nations Cup in 1980 and 1994, and have been drawn in Group B with Ivory Coast, Mali and Benin.

The tournament gets underway on 20 January in Ghana.



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