Newcastle Without Tiote And Ba For African Cup Of Nations


Newcastle’s top central midfielder Cheick Tiote helped the Ivory Coast qualify for the final of the African Cup of Nations next January with a 100% record, as they beat Burundi 2-1 yesterday.

Cheick Tiote – Newcastle and Ivory Coast midfield star

The Ivory Coast finished top of Group H, having won all their six games and they finished with a goal difference of +19  to finish a full 12 points above second placed Rwanda.

The Toure brothers, Kolo and Yaya, scored the goals for the home side, as Kolo put his team ahead in the 70th minute, but then Nahimana put home a shock equalizer for Burundi just seven minutes later.

And it took an injury time goal from Yaha Toure, in the very last minute of added time, to mainten the Ivory Coast’s 100% record.

The game was played at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan in front of 35,000 fans.

This means that Newcastle will be without Cheick Tiote in January, when the African Cup of Nations will be played at two host nations, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, and it could be that the Ivory Coast do very well in the competition.

Demba Ba was part of the Senegal squad, but the Newcastle striker didn’t see any action, in Senegal’s 2-0 away win in Mauritius

Senegal finished top of their Group E, five points clear at the top with 16 points from their 6 games, and they won their group by 5 points from Cameroon.

Demba Ba will also be missing in January, so the loss of two of Newcastle starting eleven will give a chance to some of Newcastle’s other players, and we’re not too worried about that.

Cabaye can be defensive midfield and either Danny Guthrie, Dan Gosling, Mehdi Abeid or Haris Vuckic can play in the attacking central midfield role.

Up front Peter Lovenkrands, either of the Ameobi brothers Shola or Sammy, or even a new striker brought in during early in January can fill in for Demba Ba.

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31 comments so far

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh well

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  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #2

    oops, pressed send by accident, I was meant to put, Oh well, hopefully we will be alright without them, they cannot comeback quick enough!

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  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 10, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3

    I got first comment *sarcastic mode activated* Yaaaaaaaaaay!

    Tiote will certainly be missed, and Ba is just hitting form so it will be a shame for him to leave. I truly think Best will get a few goals while they are away, its not like we are lacking in creativity, and Ben Arfa may just get the run of games he has been waiting for, so he will be looking to make a point to Pardew and will hopefully blow the net away against a couple of teams just like he did against Everton.

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  • Ollieh51

    Oct 10, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #4

    I think we will really miss these guys when you consider that we’ve got United and QPR at home and Fulham away for January.

    Those are tough games at the best of times.

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  • shearermania

    Oct 10, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #5

    january is far away….

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  • i Toon

    Oct 10, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Ivory Coast, Senegal & Ghana will be the hot favorites so i think Tiote & ba will be gone for the full 3 weeks

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  • jayphoto

    Oct 10, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #7

    there a miss ofcourse, because theyre top players! Hopefully an incoming striker will ease the burden in january tho, as for centre midfield, wouldn’t be surprised if Abeid is at african nations also, he’s on the very fringe of the algeria squad! Gosling and Guthrie can do a job, ben arfa can play centre midfield aswell, he has frequently for marseille!

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  • niffnoff

    Oct 10, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #8

    @Ollieh51

    You forget we will sign a superstar striker in the Jan transfer window 😉

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 10, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Carroll worse mistake is joining Liverpool. He just couldn’t cope with the pressure of his price tag. At Newcastle he had Nolan and Barton to teach him and take pressure off him. Now he has nowt.

    As much as we hated Carroll leaving, i think that 35million is the greatest piece of business in Newcastle history. Its looking like a stroke of genius from us and a moment of stupidity from loserfool.

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 10, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #10

    tiote will be a big miss for me, ba I think we could live with for a few games as hopefully HBA will be back to top form by then

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  • shearermania

    Oct 10, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11

    south africa will win….oh no they forgot they actually didnt qualify…priceless….the players celebrating must feel so embarrased today….brilliant though

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12

    We’ve always known this.

    Sunday can’t come quick enough.

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  • magpiebop

    Oct 10, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #13

    17 year old JJ Hooper is banging in the goals and has made the reserve team already.

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  • boater

    Oct 10, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Is calling Liverpool ‘loserfool’ a little but childish? Maybe that’s just me.

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  • Symo22

    Oct 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #15

    boater: Is lolapool okay ??

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  • bills-son

    Oct 10, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #16

    So now that loads of fans are saying the Carroll deal was great business for us will they start giving credit to Ashley for screwing £35M out of LPool?

    Let’s not forget he turned down bids of £15M, £20M, £25M and £30M before demanding and accepting the stupidly high £35M.

    Ashley didn’t sell at £15M, £20M and £25M because despite what fans think he DIDN’T want to sell Carroll – if he had he would have sold him when the bids hit £15M-£20M.

    It was only when Carroll made it clear he wanted to go when LPool offered £80K a week that Ashley played hardball and screwed LPool up to £35M with a 25% sell on clause.

    Ashley took dogs of abuse at the time, as he did when we sold Nolan and gave a free to Barton. Yet look at how Carroll has fared at LPool and look at the midfield we have now compared to the one one-paced one with slowcoaches Nolan and Barton.

    Will the same fans who gave Ashley dogs of abuse now give him some credit?

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    @bills-son
    Lets not get ahead of ourselfes, we have played 9 games in total so far, and u’re asking people who’s gotten burnt for the past 3 years to forgive him?
    I sometimes get carried away, but man, u’re takin this a bit too far mate.
    U’ll only draw attention to yourself, nothing to NUFC.

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  • magpiebop

    Oct 10, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #18

    We’ve been steadily improving since relegation!

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 10, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Why is it when ever this blog gets a little peaceful someone aims to kick up a huge fight for no reason?

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  • woodsee

    Oct 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Just got my tickets for spuds game.I cant stand spurs or Harry my face has been microwaved redknapp.
    Tottenham was my first away game many moons ago,FA cup tie the toon lost 1 0 but i remember a steward saying to me he had never seen so many away fans and they opened an extra corner that wasnt being used as there was so many of us.Ahh happy days

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  • Eastander

    Oct 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Personally I think he should be deciding now who he wants to play in Tiote’s role and get them out on loan until January, that way they will be up to speed with first team football when required

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  • Klatoon

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    The last thing i want to hear now is the African cup of nations. My country Uganda only needed a home win against fierce rivals Kenya to qualify for our 1st major finals in 34 years. We could only draw 0-0,the entire nation is gutted after being so united for the 1st time in years. The worst thing is,we dominated and peppered their goal with shots but nothing could get past their keeper,we won over 10 corners in the last 20 minutes as they defended gallantly. Have not felt this way over a football game since that day at Villa Park 2 years ago.

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  • G

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Unlucky Klatoon mate. Hope to see you get some representation at a major tourneament sometime soon.

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  • ash-out

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #24

    @ woodsee

    The FA cup game at spurs was one of my first away games. Must have been 15 Thou+ newcastle fans there, unbelievable racket. Think Martin Allen got the winner for them and I was in tears. great day out though.

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  • boater

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Dannyo is right – lots of promise and excitement on and off the pitch but nothing has been proved yet. Hold your horses.

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  • weg

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Tiote will be a big miss for us in Jan, but we do have half decent cover for him. Abied(if he doesn’t go to africa himself), Guthrie, Gosling, Ben Arfa – even RTaylor can fill that role. Cover for Ba isn’t so comprehesive. Less effective players than those midfielders.
    How about these players through Jan:
    Krul
    Simpson_STaylor_Collo_Santon
    Obertan_Cabaye_Abied_Guttierez
    Ben Arfa
    Best
    Options:
    Harper-Williamson-Ferguson-RTaylor-Guthrie-Gosling-Marveaux-Sammi Ameobi-Vuckic-Lovenkrands-Strolla. And a new striker.
    Hopefully, we can muddle through!

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  • NUFC-BRAZILFAN

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #27

    If we get to the final stages of the League Cup we will be without them, this is the worst part

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Is it just me in thinking that Shola Ameobi and Abeid could also be going to the ACON. Although not starters, it decreases are squad depth once again.
    Shola has declared for Nigeria, already played a friendly for them, so he could potentially get called up couldnt he? Maybe?
    And Abeid has played for Algeria at most youth levels so may get called up to the seniors.
    Good job Ben Arfa chose France not Algeria.

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  • CAToon

    Oct 10, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #29

    bills-son makes a valid point. Yes, Nolan, Barton, Enrique, and Carroll were fan favorites, but football clubs are not measured by who the fan’s like, but by winning. Had NUFC started this year with the four, and had we been in the lower half of the table, Ashley would have been lambasted for not “selling” them. Wait until the second half the season, then we can really assess if the club is better or worse without them.

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  • i Toon

    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #30

    @ Level 7 Hero
    Nigeria & Algeria didn’t qualified for the ANC

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  • Level 7 Hero

    Oct 11, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Gooood!

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