Yakubu will make himself public enemy number-1 in his beloved Nigeria if he helps Reading shock Arsenal in today’s FA Cup semi-final.
Royals’ striker, who scored the winner in the fifth round tie at Derby, has been inundated with requests for tickets ever since Steve Clarke’s set up their meeting with the Gunners.
His friends back home have all been on the phone, asking him to get them into Wembley.
But it’s not so they can see the 32-year-old make his first ever appearance at the famous stadium, it’s so they can cheer on Arsene Wenger’s side.
“All my friends back home support Arsenal,” said Yakubu.
“Whenever I play them I always give them tickets to come and watch and they say to me they want me to lose. They say I can score one, but that’s it.
“They never want me to win. But that’s normal.
“Back home in Nigeria, 60 per cent of the country supports Arsenal. They love them.
Yakubu celebrates scoring for Blackburn against Arsenal.
“Arsenal fans are all over the place. Even when the Nigerian players are playing against Arsenal, they want Arsenal to win. It’s strange but you have to accept it.”