Everton striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has spoken of his delight at being named as Nigeria's captain for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against South Africa.
The powerful front-man has been chosen to lead his country in the absence of his Everton and international team-mate Joseph Yobo.
Yakubu boasts an impressive goalscoring record on the international arena having netted 16 goals in his 43 appearances since first being capped in 2000.
And he is eager to add to that tally, buoyed as he is at being named as Super Eagles' new skipper.
"I am excited to lead my country, it's a fantastic honour," he told skysports.com.
"Now we need to win a difficult game, we have big players missing but in this team we are all big players."
Nigeria look well placed to book a place in the 2010 World Cup, as they currently lead Group Four having taken 12 points from four matches to date.