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Yakubu gets Nations Cup call

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th December 2007 03:00 AM

Nigeria have included striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who scored a hat-trick for Everton last weekend, in a 31-strong squad to prepare for the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana.

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Nigeria have included striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who scored a hat-trick for Everton last weekend, in a 31-strong squad to prepare for the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana.

Aiyegbeni, who notched his second hat-trick of the season in a 3-0 Premier League win over Fulham, is back in the squad after falling out of favour with the Nigerian FA following several run-ins earlier this year.

He was sent home from the 2004 tournament in Tunisia for breaking camp rules and was not called up for Nigeria's friendlies against Mexico in September and Australia and Switzerland last month.

Nigeria’s German coach Berti Vogts also recalled former first-choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who had been passed over in the build-up to the tournament that will run from January 20 to February 10.

However, Vogts left out Aiyegbeni’s Everton strike partner Victor Anichebe from the squad that will begin a training camp in Spain on January 4.

Anichebe was called up during the qualifiers and the friendlies, but is yet to play a game for Nigeria.

Three players from the domestic league, two of whom were in the team who won the Under-17 World Cup in September, were also called up to train with the other established players to gain experience,

Yakubu gets Nations Cup call

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