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)