Pardew Trying To Keep Cheick Tiote And Demba Ba

Newcastle have asked the FA for help in sorting out exactly when their two African stars have to leave to join their countries for the African Cup of  Nations.

Demba Ba – we need him for FAA Cup on Saturday

The tournament comes around every couple of years smack bang in the middle of the European football season, and it seems different countries ask for their players at different times.

And not only that but it seems the same country can have their players join the squad at different  times.

Alan Pardew is rightly trying to get some order into this, and will try to delay the departures of Cheick Tiote and Demba Ba as late as possible.

The two Newcastle players will play tonight against Manchester United but whether they will be able to play against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday in the 3rd round of the FA Cup is not known.

The tournament takes place in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and starts on January 21st and lasts through to the final on 12th February, and the teams are allowed to get their players two weeks before the first game, which technically is this Saturday.

Pardew would want the two of them to be available for Saturday’s FA Cup tie and then leave on Sunday, one day late, and Alan had this to say about the matter:

“We’re in contact with the FA to see what’s been decided with every other club, because it has to be fair. There’s an impact on us, losing those two players, and we’re trying to make sure they play against Blackburn. “

“We want to know when all the African players are going – on Saturday morning, or Friday, or after the game on Sunday. When is it they have to report officially?”

Newcastle have also tried to contact the two countries involved,  the Ivory Coast and Senegal FAs but that has not be successful in sorting out the mess – why not we have no idea.

It seems to us that players should be allowed to play on Saturday and then travel the next day Sunday, as one day here or there is not going to affect anything.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • geoff777

    Jan 4, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s time FIFA made the ACN once every four years.

    I find international football boring.
    Club football is far superior.

    I’d rather cut back on internationals.

    Use more knockout cup-style football and less qualifying leagues.

  • Graeme

    Jan 4, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    errrrrrrrrrrr – why the hell didnt they do this last month? Last week even??

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 4, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    PARDEw SAID that we are not going to sit back instead we will attack against man united does that means more hoof ball

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 4, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    any one else think that ben arfa will start against man united

  • BigKirky

    Jan 4, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Just read those Sun quotes Ben Arfa. Here’s Lee Ryder’s piece with him. Bit less sensationalist.

    @lee_ryder: Hatem Ben Arfa happy to play the waiting game – NUFC Latest News – Newcastle United from @EveningChron via @AddThis

  • Dannyo

    Jan 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Not necessarily mate, a few here, including some articles, indicated that allot of the training has been pounding in passing the ball at the ground, so i expect us to stop the hoofballing very soon.
    We do it when we’re either nervous or feel pressure. We need to play through that.
    Swansea stuck at it, look at them now, we need to do the same. If we should not win tonight, i still expect a better level of footy from us.

  • alegau69

    Jan 4, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Really hope we start ben arfa along side ba today. Ba doesn’t work as a lone striker which is the big mistake we made against liverpool!

  • Dannyo

    Jan 4, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    Sun is always out to cause an upset, that is their purpose in the media.
    But u can tell through Lee Ryders piece that he clearly is becoming impatient now, he wants to play, and rightly so imo, if we’re gonna play the passing game, HBA needs to be there.

  • derekm

    Jan 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    off subject a bit, but the funniest thing I’ve seen so far this year? Mancini moaning about how unfair it is to play two games in four days.
    Like – having 300 million quids worth of players bought for you by an oil rich nation is fair to everyone else then?


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