Newcastle’s star holding midfielder, Cheick Tiote, who scored the goal of the season at St. James Park on Saturday, to tie the scores at 4-4 against Arsenal, was on the winning side last night for his country.
Cheick Tiote – played the whole game last night
Tiote won his 16th cap last night, and played the whole game in the 1-0 win, and the winning goal was scored in the first half by Didier Ya Konan.
We must say we were just a little concerned that he may pick up an injury, but the good news is that the 5’11” midfielder seems to have come through the game unscathed.
The game was played in Valence, France, and so Cheick didn’t have too far to travel either, which is again good news.
The game served as a tune-up game for the third round of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualification, which are due to start next month.
The Elephants were dominant for large parts of the first half, but were not able to add to their 1-0 lead, and Mali came back well in the second half, and were awarded a penalty.
But Mamadou Samassa was unable to convert the pot kick, with the goalkeeper making a good save, and that gave Ivory Coast the win.
Newcastle hero Cheick will be back on Tyneside today. 😀