Everton striker Yakubu will captain Nigeria against South Africa in this weekend's 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Port Elizabeth.
"In the absence of team skipper Nwankwo Kanu and Joseph Yobo, Yakubu is the most experienced player in the squad and so he will lead the team out on Saturday," said team official, Peterside Idah.
Yakubu, scorer of 16 goals in his 43 appearances since first being capped in 2000, will have a hefty responsibility as the side will be without several key players such Kanu, Yobo, John Obi Mikel and Obafemi Martins, who are all injured.
Nigeria's Super Eagles lead qualifying Group 4 with a maximum 12 points from four matches. South Africa - who need not worry about FIFA World Cup qualification as they are hosting the event - are second with four points, one ahead of third-placed Sierra Leone.
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