Tiote’s Long Trek To Play Friendly For Ivory Coast Tonight

The Ivory Coast has arranged a friendly tonight against Equatorial Guinea in Abidjan, and it was arranged at short notice.

Cheick Tiote – in action for Ivory Coast recently

Unfortunately Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote has been called up for the game in the 16 man Ivory Coast squad, so he faces a long return journey to play a friendly.

The Ivory Coast hammered Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the quarter finals of the African Cup of Nations on February 4th,  and they are playing them tonight to keep the squad on their toes, as they will soon be qualifying for next January’s African Cup of Nations, to be held  in South Africa

They are changing the years in which the tournament is played to odd years,  so as not to clash with other big tournaments like the European Championships which are played every four years on even years.

But we have to hope that the African tournament will soon change to a four year cycle, because this is all a little unfair to European clubs.

They now have a number of  African players in their squads,  as the players are continually being called up in January and February for these tournaments, half way through the European football season..

And Chelsea and Manchester City seem to have got off lightly as  Didier Drogba, the brothers Kolo and Yaya Touré and Salomon Kalou have been excused the game.

Tiote only returned to Newcastle a week last Monday to resume training,  after being away since the 5th January at the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

The tournament is scheduled to be held in Morocco in January of 2015 and Lybia in January of 2015.

That means that in the four years from 2012 through 2015,  there will be three  African Cup of Nations tournaments – there’s something wrong somewhere.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Oleg G

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1
  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    if pardew took him off after 65 minutes then this will not help for the nxt game

  • redondo77

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Cristian Pasquato in summer pleaseeeee

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    This ACON is an absolute pisstake.

    Why isn’t it every 4 years like the Euros and World Cup?

    How is it even allowed for them to just arrange an International friendly with 24 hours notice and demand a player jets off half way round the world?

    It would be acceptable, I guess, for a match that actually meant something but for a pointless friendly weeks after the ACON finished?


  • Dannyo

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    @jesper (butting in on yours and davys chat)
    A manager that has been here for a year is very short term. In your first year in a job situation, u’re learning every week and u’re prone to make several mistakes. In your 2nd year, you take some of the most important things u’ve learned and up your performance a bit and u’re held a bit more responsible for your actions. This year u start picking up details.
    In your 3rd year u’re nearly there and u start to improve those around much more than u need to improve yourself. U’re held 100% accountable for your actions and there are little to no excuses. At the same time u know hos things are and u know how to improve them.
    In your 4th year u’re done and dusted. Now it’s about motivation, condifence and moral. The building is done, it’s now about tweaking minor areas and keeping things stabile.
    In your 5th year, u’ve been there long term.

    This is how things are when u’re appointed as the top dog, and i know that as i run a business with £2 mill revenue a year.

  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    SSN were saying yesterday that Cisse is a doubt for the unwashed, groin apparently…Smokescreen to get him out of Senegal’s game imho.

    Surely wecould have faked a tiote injury too. Seriously what is the point of these friendlies??

    Does anyone really care…I could not care less about England’s game tonight, although like the rest of us I want England to do well..recent events have completely turned me off the national team.

    The likes of Terry Rooney etc..

    These are not good people regardless of their talent, Rooney sfooling around with hookers, and JT’S entire back catologue.

    They should be fired from their clubs and never pivked for England again, and they are only two examples..I Know neither is playing tonight, but they would be if fit..

    If any of us ”commom folk” acted this way we would loose everything, and do you think if lower league players acted this way that they would get away with it??


    anyone agree…

  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry for the typos and the rant…haha

  • markmac

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Cant believe he’s gotta play before scumberland, its rediculous anyway, how long ago was the ACON????


    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    I,ve said this before and i,ll say it again:

    We need to take into consideration the Nationality of a player before any future transfers!!!!!!

  • ash-out

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Sure footed shola, I will use your own optimistic view of NUFC on yourself.

    You may think things are going well for you but they will quickly turn and you wil suffer massive misfortune. You will discover that you are suffering from a terrible illness and that your family and triends turn on you and you pass away in pain alone.

    What do I base this on – your bitter and twisted view of the world. Waht a miserable get you are. No way can you be a supporter of NUFC with such a shocking attitude. Take your bile to the stadium of plight.

  • martoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Colo-Sus @7 I’ve got a feeling that Shola the mackem slayer will start because of Cisses’s suspect groin and of course the psychological hoodoo he has over them.

  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13


    You’re such a tender person, thank you dear fellow.

    I might say you’re the one whose bitter and evidently twisted, leveling personal attacks at strangers and almost wishing their own mortality be end, because they have an averse viewpoint to yourself, on a matter that is ambiguous and relatively unimportant in the world.

    Dreadful human.

  • Selbymag

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Morning all, first time I have read any comments for a month as I lost the will to live….
    I was going to pen a 5 year managerial post but Dannyo has beat me to it and in some style. I tip my hat to you sir.
    It takes time to builsd a team / squad to adapt and change footballing styles we are barely 18 month into Pardews tenure and is too early to judge the managers long term plans.
    Ok we have had more than our fair share of luck this season but bloody hell we have had bugger all for the 30 years I can remember.
    I have made a promise to myself that I will not sink to the level of getting drawn into arguments with people on here but just post my views and agreement with like minded indiviual.
    Oh just one thing “hoofball” is a sh*t term even though I agree we are to direct currently
    Keep the faith

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #15

    By the way, style of football, it’s a bit of a cop out using that against Pardew imho.

    Chelsea won the league playing stubborn and resilient stuff. They were very powerful though. On the flip side though, I used to stand in the cold watching the NUFC Ardiles team play lovely stuff………..but lose. And we were within an inch of relegation to the old division 3 and realistically going bust.

    Winning and playing the best football. Only 1 team in the world does that.

  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Nobody is asking for the best football, just something a bit better than the worst, an alternative We’ve being bossed by numerous teams below us, who we’ve given too much respect and allowed to play pretty football, I mean, even Wolves looked fairly stylish against us. It’s Allardyce-esque, just with better STs.


    Feb 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Wolves were,nt that good! And did,nt play stylish!!!!!!!
    It was just we were worse!!!!!

  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    They could string 3 passes together, which having been impaired by Pardew’s tactics, is what I now consider stylish.


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