Nigeria Call Up Shola Ameobi For Guatemala Friendly

It looks like Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi will  soon become a full International.

Shola Ameobi – soon to be Nigerian International

Nigeria have called up Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi and Wigan forward Victor Moses, who are included in a squad of 20 players to play Guatemala in a friendly match on February 9th.

Both players have two things in common, they were born in Nigeria which qualifies them to play for the country, and they have both already represented the England U21 side.

The game will be new Nigerian manager Samson Siasia’s first in charge, and there was news recently that he wanted to include Shola Ameobi in the squad, and the news was that he was going to talk to the Newcastle striker.

Both players will give up their right to represent England at full International level, and while Shola wasn’t close to the full England team, it may be a little soon for Victor Moses to do that , since he is still only 20 years old.

But there again his choice may be to play for the country of his birth – why not?

Shola played 20 times for the England U21 side with 7 goals, and Moses played once this year for the U21 side, although he has also represented England at U16, U17 and U19 levels.

Shola has played 291 times for Newcastle with 67 goals, since making his debut 11 years ago, and we have to hope he’ll celebrate his inclusion in the squad with some goals at Sunderland on Sunday. 😀

Congratulations to Shola on making the squad, and we fully expect him to make his debut for Nigeria in the game.

Former Newcastle striker Oba Martins has been dropped from the squad which is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Dele Aiyenugba (Bnei Yehuda, Israel)

Defenders: Chibuzor Okonkwo (Heartland), Ayodele Adeleye (Metallurh Donetsk, Ukraine),Taye Taiwo (Olympic Marseille, France), Michael Odibe (A. C. Siena, Italy), Olubayo Adefemi(Skoda Xanthi, Greece), Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England), Obiora Nwankwo (Inter Milan, Italy),Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic, England), Bartholomew Ibenegbu (Heartland), Olufemi Ajilore (FC Groningen, The Netherlands)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (V.V.V. Venlo, The Netherlands), Osaze Odemwingie (West Brom, England), Obinna Nsofor (West Ham, England), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle, England), Emmanuel Emenike (Karaburkspor, Turkey), Peter Utaka (Odense Boldklub, Denmark)

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • free giveaways

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Good for Shola. Hope he plays well for them. His form this season has been pretty good when he has played. Need him and Nolan to play well this weekend.

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  • The Shola Show

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Theres no reason why he shouldnt deserve an England call up, absolute superstar in my eyes!

  • baro

    Jan 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Shola is barely fit for us how the hell can he play for Nigeria and Newcastle. He plays in one week and misses the next. Hopefully they don’t injure Shola too as he is very important when Carroll is out.

  • boater

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Suddenly everyone wants a slice of shola pie.

  • boater

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Moses too. Let’s go and get him. Unfinished business and he’d compliment what we have.

  • toonbarmy

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #6

    This could be good news for us toon fans cos he is gonna be on cloud 9 being chosen for his home nation so we could see a new shola on sunday looking to inflict more misery on the mackems and also in the long run cos he will want to impress the national coach so he now knows he will have to play at a high standard every week. Also IF smith plays it could be a blessing in disguise as if cattermole plays say smith somehow throws in a silly challenge on cattermole and gets yellow then cattermole is gonna go out and get revenge as he is a little hothead, gets sent off and then it is advantage toon but no matter who plays am gonna say a 2-1 to the toon, with the smith thing I may be a tad optimistic!

  • The Shola Show

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM

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  • Toonmania

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #8

    now bothroyd has turned his nose up at us, i wonder who we will go for next?,19528,12876_6663403,00.html

    perhaps it’s the wage’s ashley is offering?, i mean £5.85 per hour doesn’t go far these days

  • NUFCmagpie

    Jan 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve always liked Shola, even though he can be lazy at times, he has on occasion shown class. If he was good enough for Sir Bobby he’s good enough for me

  • warwick

    Jan 14, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #10

    good on him

  • Brutooon

    Jan 14, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #11

    He got potential since his debut about 10 years ago, too bad he is inconsistency make every single England Manager to never call him (good choice by them).

    Hope he will improve after this cap

  • al

    Jan 15, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Congrats to shola, great news for him and like toonbarmy says this could spur him on at the weekend, and the rest of the season, imagine suddenly having the chance to play at international level if u can impress week in week out, beats bein out of the England fold by a country mile!!

    Might even start back flippin wen he scores after bein with the nigeria team!

    …(think not tho ha)

  • thepict

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #13

    So very pleased for Shola. Consummate professional. Our current number nine could learn from him as to how to conduct himself. A goal every 4 games aint to bad.


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