Yak backing home advantage
Yakubu is hoping he will have a Carling Cup final at Wembley booked in on his return from African Cup of Nations duty.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 09/01/08 3:09pm
As Yakubu Aiyegbeni jets off to meet up with Nigeria's African Cup of Nations squad he is hoping he will have a Carling Cup final at Wembley booked in on his return.
The Nigeria front-man is confident his Everton team-mates can avenge their first-leg heartbreak, of the belief that the Goodison roar will spur his side on and help complete the comeback.
"I hope we can make it as it would be so nice for everyone," Yakubu told the Liverpool Echo.
"I'd love to be involved but we have lots of players who can step in and play well.
"With the fans behind us I think we will get the result that we need. Everyone is looking forward to the occasion."
The timing of the African Nations tournament could not be crueler on Everton and their players.
Yakubu said: "It's disappointing that me and Joseph [Yobo] have to go away but that is the way it is. We have to play for our country.
"I would love to play in the semi-final but that is the way it is. I'll be watching on television and praying for them to do well.
"At the moment the team is playing so well and we are fighting for each other."
Yakubu managed to leave his side a parting gift by scoring what may turn out to be a crucial goal over the two-legs.
However the former Middlesbrough striker admitted the late heartache at Stamford Bridge was hard to take.
"We are all disappointed but we have something to take from the game," said Yakubu.
"We conceded a silly goal in the last minute but it is just one of those things.
"We have the second leg to play and I'm sure we can make it up."