Cheick Tiote Describes Heart-Break of Losing Final To Zambia

Newcastle’s star midfielder Cheick Tiote has spoken for the first time today, of his heart-break at losing the African Cup of  Nations to Zambia.

Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote – in action in the African Cup od Nations

The game against Zambia ended up 0-0 after extra time and that was after Didier Drogba, of all people, had missed a penalty for the Ivorians  after 70 minutes in regular time,  when he ballooned the ball over the bar.

The Ivory Coast were one of the hot  favorites before the tournament began,  and even bigger favorites before the final against Zambia, who had never won the tournament – and the Ivory Coast were winners back in 1992.

And Cheick’s team will go down in history as the only side never to have conceded a goal in regular time or extra time, yet still lost the tournament, as they went down agonizingly 8-7 on penalties, after all first 14 penalties had been converted.

And Cheick Tiote played his part in the final, make no mistake about that,  because not only did he play the full 120 minutes, but he took the very first penalty – and scored too.

This is what Cheick said today:

“All the people there, they love the national team and they love the country,” “So we are really disappointed because we didn’t win the competition.”

“I gave my medal to my friend because I was so disappointed. I didn’t want to keep that, so I gave it to my friend.” “We did well, but we didn’t win it. Maybe next year we will win the competition.”

With the hopes of a country resting on his shoulders, Tiote showed great courage to step up and take the first penalty, slotting past Kennedy Mweene.

“Normally I never take penalties, but I took the responsibility to take a penalty because it was difficult for other players to take the first penalty.”

“So I took the responsibility to take the first penalty and I scored, which gave confidence to my team-mates.” “But although we did well in the competition, in the final we were unlucky in the penalty shoot out and lost the game.”

“That’s football – you cannot win every time, so I will look to the next game ahead and stay positive.”

Cheick did his very best for his country, and that’s all you can ask of anybody.

But the Newcastle man showed his real courage and guts by volunteering to take the first penalty for the Ivory Coast, and the first one of the penalty shoot-out.

And to score showed you the big heart and great spirit this lad has.

We’re so pleased to have Cheick Tiote on Newcastle’s books, and we offer Cheick our congratulations, and even though the side failed at the very last hurdle – we are very proud of him.

Comments welcome.

180 comments so far

  • UpTheRoad

    Feb 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Try being a toon fan Cheick!

  • Dannyo

    Feb 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s either Cheick or Cabs to be the next captain imo, no doubt about it.
    Imo, Cheick has the will to install a great winning mentality on the pitch, but Cabaye seems like a very intelligent lad.
    Tough one.

  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Take it out on Karl Henry.

  • alex84

    Feb 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Pards looks like he is talking to his 11 for sat in this pic.

  • IITianToon

    Feb 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    @4 pic Who is the guy hidden from view on the right ?

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 21, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #6

    it was all drogbas fault

  • JGreaves

    Feb 21, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    i think we need to give HBA another chance on saturday, fair enough he has been inconsistent…but what is he supposed to do when he has Best and Ameobi making useless or no runs infront of him? I think with Ba and Cisse making runs infront of him he will prove to be a crucial player. Its good to have competition in the side but i hope we dont lose Ben Arfa before he shows his full potential.


  • Barras

    Feb 21, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Thats a quality picture, thank you for posting alex84. The question is that is the mysteriously hidden man: Hatem Ben Arfa or Jonas Gutierrez? Personally I want both of them to be starting, and the player who should be dropped is Danny Simpson, with R.Taylor replacing him for RB. So it will look like this:


    R.Taylor, Williamson, Colocinni, Santon,


    Cabaye Gutierrez

    Ben Arfa

    Cisse Ba

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 21, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Looking at the boots I think Jonas is the missing player? To be honest that 11 is most peoples first 11 at the minute. With a good start, I would love to see HBA brought on. Him and Cabaye can provide the ammo for the front 2.

    Roll on saturday. I think we will hammer them.

  • alex84

    Feb 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #10

    its jonas as he is wearing white boots! hatem is in red boots.

    was to be expected if this is the 11.

  • Willo

    Feb 21, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #11

    The boots and leggings of the mystery man has Jonas written all over it.

    Simmo Willo Colo Santon

  • Hatem

    Feb 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Ameobi wears white boots YES

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #13

    From previous post,I think that he’ll leave if somebody offers him a five year deal but can’t see even a money bags team offering him that type of contract,I hope he see’s sense and signs a deal with us and if he’s still looking good he can sign on with us or whoever.

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Tiote’s decision to take responsibility for the first penalty show’s great courage and leadership, would love to see him take the captains arm band for us in the future as his aggression and commitment is a great example

  • oscar j

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Must say the ‘hidden man’ IMO is Ben arfa as he wears adidas boys an guttierez wears Umbros and the adidas boots Ben arfa is sponsored by has orange laces on there boots and usually are iluminious and jonass are usually black or White

  • check the toastie

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Anybody on the forum pick Ryan Taylor at Right Midfield over Ben Arfa, anybody out there, please give logical reasons, i see non whatsoever, and pardew is clearly pushing arfa out of club, not sure why. Think pardew loves Raylor, wants his babies.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #17,,10278~2618971,00.html

    It’s Jonas. Geez guys, do some research (;

  • gaz 44

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #18

    check cos at the end of the game it will say Taylor assist.. 1.. tackles completed 9.. where as arfa will be assist 1..0 tackles completed.. id like arfa to be played there to be honest thou but i can see pards reasoning.. Jonas has been poor last few times so imo.. needs a rest when marv was challenging for his spot he picked his game up by 50%

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #19

    check the toastie

    Maybe it’s fortunate that “people on the forum” aren’t in charge of the team, else we may not be doing so well.


    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #20

    U spoil sport I thought it was Mike Ashley

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t really care much for the ACON – it should be every 4th year like everything else.

    …but understandable that Tiote is gutted.

    Heard a rumor, that the ACON is next year as well even though it is suppose to be every 2nd year. Anyone else heard that?

  • darrenfletcher88

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Check is in my option the best toon midfield player for years,he is a propa animal!! Can’t wate to see him back Saturday, same back five!! Taylor tiote cabaye jonas, two dembas, high tempo,aggressive, 3 points, simple,

  • woodsee

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #23

    got me tickets for saturday,going with brother and father in law ,both wolves fans from dan sarf.
    You wont fail to spot them crying as the 5th goal goes in ,level 6 sir john hall stand,or am i tempting fate


    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #24

    No rumour mate its happening

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #25

    jesper – it’s next year so that it fall’s on odd years so it doesn’t clash with world cups and european championships

  • check the toastie

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #26

    TDS – for me performance wise dont think we have been doing that well, and as such need to change it up a bit and give a full freanch international who has won multiple championships in france a run of games so we can start performing better and as such start winning games more comfortably rather than relying on a bit of luck and our goalkeeper bailing us out most the time.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #27

    So I heard right 🙁 damnit…

    Ohh well, guess we have to some covers for the African boys this time around; wouldn’t want to be without Tiote for a whole month again.

    Not to mention Ba and Papisto – would probably be too much to ask if they came back again so soon 🙂

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Is David Luiz actually James Perch with a wig?

  • check the toastie

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #29

    gaz 44 – nice ability that, looking into the future, i see the future with Ryan Taylor (ten a penny) playing setting for medicrity rather than being positive and playing a world class talent thus giving everybody a glimpse of how we could play against any team, Arfa needs to be played with a strong team rather than with shola and best. We should beat wolves anyway as they for me are the worst team in the league, just play the boy.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #30

    If it is, then I want the guy with the wig 😉

  • Tommyy

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #31

    If that is indeed the 11 for Sat, I think we can say our goodbyes to both HBA and Danny Guthrie in the summer. I for one will be terribly disappointed if that is the case! What ever Pardew or anyone else says about him, HBA is a next level player. Simple as that, if we can’t utilise him or Pardew cannot manage him or whatnot is irrelevant. If we allow players like him to want to leave, we will never compete at the level we are so close to.
    A real real shame. Wolves would stick their tails behind their legs and flee at the interplay between him, cabaye, Cisse and Ba.

  • Tommyy

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Check – in 100 percent agreement! We have not been playing well since before Christmas now, we need to see some flair. It’s not as though we don’t have the players! Especially against Wolves.

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Chelsea 0-1 up, Matta


    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #34

    If HBA wants to leave come summer then… what? Does he have a ‘Je m’ennuie’ release clause?

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #35

    A training pic is not the team sheet.
    Wait and see.
    Second guessing now is just futile. Ye’ll just work yerselves into a lather for nowt.
    All the HBA speculation rears its ugly head again I see 🙁

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #36

    hahahahahaha how many will now go and look up what ‘Je m’ennuie’ means


    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #37

    I just hope I got it right….if it says roast penguin I will look a right idiot haha

  • check the toastie

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Magpies – i apologise it just works me up, i know people will come on and say we are 6th in the league what do you want etc etc etc but Ben Arfas treatment by pardew has been unfair compared to others who are allowed to continually produce mediocrity.

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #39


    You’re alright fella, you got it right 🙂

  • JackButler

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Napoli 1-1 Chelsea

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