Newcastle Not Impacted Much By African Cup Of Nations


Newcastle will have only two players involved in the African Cup of Nations to run  in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea from January 21st  to February 12th.

Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote in Ivory Coast colors

The African Cup of Nations was first held back in 1957 when Egypt were the winners, beating Ethiopia 4-0 in the final, and Egypt have won it the last three times too, and have won it overall a full seven times, and are the most successful African nation.

Newcastle will have Cheick Tioe and Dem Ba missing as they will be representing the Ivory Coast and Senegal respectively, and both coutnries are likely to go far, since they won their groups undefeated.

The Ivory Coast won all six games in Group H and Senegal won five and drew the other game, 0-0 at Cameroon, in Group E.

Both countries will be expected to do well, so that could mean the two Newcastle players will be missing for most of the tournament.

Newcastle have the following fixtures in January and February around the time of the African Cup of Nations:

January 2012
Wed 04	20:00	H  Man Utd
Sat 14	15:00	H  QPR
Sat 21  15:00   A  Fulham 
February 2012
Wed 01  20:00   A  Blackburn 
Sat 04  15:00   H  Aston Villa 
Sat 11  15:00   A  Tottenham
Sat 25  15:00   H  Wolves

So it looks at the very worst that both players will miss the games at Fulham and Blackburn, the Villa game at home and Tottenham away.

Newcastle have options in central midfield, and probably the best one of them is to play the experienced Yohan Cabaye in defensive midfield, and play either Guthrie, Gosling, Abeid or Vuckic as the attacking midfielder.

And for Demba Ba, we have Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi or Sammy Ameobi to deputize up front alongside Leon Best.

And since the January window will be open, we could even see Newcastle move for a striker in early January, and he could play up front for Ba.

However, if that striker is Mobido Maiga, that will not help much, because his country, Mali, finished top of Group A, and have qualified with 10 points from their six games, although they will not be expected to go very far in the tournament.

Sochaux’s 25 year-old Modibo Maiga now has 26 caps and 4 goals for Mali.

We don’t think Newcastle will be impacted too much by losing Tiote and Ba, and after all that’s what the fringe players at Newcastle will be looking for – a chance to shine – and we think that’s exactly what they will do for Newcastle during the African Cup of Nations.

What do you think?

Comment welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • AMEOBI

    Oct 11, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

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    😀

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 11, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 11, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    January 2012
    Wed 04 20:00 H Man Utd ( 0pts )
    Sat 14 15:00 H QPR ( 3pts )
    Sat 21 15:00 A Fulham ( 3pts )
    February 2012
    Wed 01 20:00 A Blackburn ( 3pts )
    Sat 04 15:00 H Aston Villa ( 1pts )
    Sat 11 15:00 A Tottenham ( 0pts )
    Sat 25 15:00 H Wolves ( 3pts )

    Hope for these results 🙂

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  • Stuart

    Oct 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Haha GG!

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 11, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Cheers, I’m at work in stores… Not aloud phone get me? Haha, well I think I’ll pop get cage tonight! 😀 cheers both of you!

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Oct 11, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope for these.January 2012
    Wed 04 20:00 H Man Utd ( 1pts )
    Sat 14 15:00 H QPR ( 3pts )
    Sat 21 15:00 A Fulham ( 1pts )
    February 2012
    Wed 01 20:00 A Blackburn ( 3pts )
    Sat 04 15:00 H Aston Villa ( 3pts )
    Sat 11 15:00 A Tottenham ( 1pts )
    Sat 25 15:00 H Wolves ( 3pts )

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  • Sav

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Don’t share your confidence about us not being impacted without Ba and Tiote. Not only will these 2 senior stars be sore;y missed but we are fragile enough to be badly rocked by a few defeats. To say we won’t be impacted is the attitude of settling for a mid-table comfort zone. It could be the difference between 7th and 6th, ie Europe or not. we aren’t good enough to give any other team a head start. Of course, we can’t do anything about it, except Ashley invest in strengthening the squad. But will he?

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  • toonincheek

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Sav – agree.
    Tiote is a guaranteed starter and even if we have good replacements, being without him upsets the rhythm of the team.
    Best – same up to a point, but less so.

    No point whinging about it – maybe it’s a chance for one of our younsters to prove their ability.

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  • toonincheek

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Best – I meant Ba

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  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 11, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #12

    I feel we will definitely feel the absence of Tiote unless of course we have some of the wanabies waiting for their chance who are covering 8k per practice match and tackling with nicely controlled aggression.

    Tiote and Kabaye both cover an immense amount of ground and Tiote has a level of aggression that helps intimidate the opposition, they both appear to be on the same wave length at the moment so having someone step into that pairing will not be easy without upsetting the rhythm somewhat.

    On the other hand you never know we could end up with a pairing that is even more effective we will just have to wait and see.

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