Newcastle Strikers Could Play In Olympics – Oh No!

Newcastle may well be without strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba for most of the pre-season, and for the European play-off games in August, if we have to play two of then.

Papiss Cisse – after scoring against Swansea recently

The Olympic football tournament will be taking place in August, and that’s the same time as the preliminary round of the Europa League takes place, and it looks increasingly likely that Cisse and Ba will be selected for the Senegal squad for the upcoming Olympic Games.

Senegal beat  Oman on Monday, and will face Great Britain, Uruguay and UAE in Group A of the Olympic competition, after the draw was made yesterday for the group stages.

The Senegal FA President Augustin Senghor has talked about trying to get their best players at the Olympics, since they lost all three of their games in the African Cup of Nations last January,  and it could be that both Cisse and Ba could be missing from Newcastle for up to a month.

Senghor had this to say yesterday:

“If we can strengthen our young team with famous players from great championships like the Premier League, we should,” “We need top scorers like Papiss Cisse. If you leave players like that at home, it is a big mistake.”

“If we call them, they will come. It is a privilege to participate in the Olympic Games. There are many great players who regret not playing in the Olympics.”

“They are patriotic guys. They will come if we ask. Also, it will be a very good thing for them to play against their colleagues in England. It will create a lot of focus around the game and the stadium will be full.”

The Olympics is a mandatory tournament of FIFA, which means clubs cannot stop their players from participating, so Newcastle’s  hands are tied behind their backs – again.

We lost Demba Ba and Cisse for the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, and we will be without them again when the next African Cup of Nations takes place next January.

So to also lose them for the Olympic Games in August is getting a bit much – since Senegal do not pay their wages.

The African  Cup of  Nations needs to move to a four year cycle for their tournament like other FIFA organizations do – such as the European Championships.

Ten years ago or more it was not a problem,  but with so many African players playing in the Premier League these days,  to lose players half way through the European  season, for up to six weeks every two years,  is a little ridiculous.

The loss of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in August will hardly help Newcastle in their drive to reach the group stages of European competition – whether it’s the Europa League or the Champions League.

This all seems a little bit too much.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Olympic’s aren’t in August Ed

  • stockport_toon

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Or we could try and qualify for the champions league so it wouldn’t matter!

  • tdt

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #3

    3rd place in the league should solve this problem!

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Epic when Torres scored. I even considered outting a bet on as soon as he came on. Just had a feeling he’d do something special tonight.

    2 ways to look at that game.

    Wouldnt begrudge Barcelona for feeling robbed. The were the better team throughout and Chelsea had a very negative and unsporting attitude throughout the game.

    On the other hand, The way Chelsea parked the bus completely and held it together and tight, while negative, and unsporting by “Fair play” standards, proved a great tactic.

    They were lucky that one of their many uncalculated hoof balls up the field fell to Torres who executed what he had to perfectly.

    Barcelona were in a bit of a catch 22. They needed another goal, that they were trying so hard to get and were just unlucky that they couldnt break down Chelsea’s brick wall 9-10 man defense. So they committed all but one player to get the goal they needed. Unfortunately for them Torres was able to overcome that defender.

    Probably one of the most important goals for Torres ever.

    Can’t see them winning the CL but hell they will try which is good for us. Their squad will be knackered.

    Also cant help but feel Barcelona would have had a better chance of scoring had they taken shots from outside of the box. They probably have the quality to ‘pull a Cabaye’. They were perhaps too insistant in getting the ball in the box and scoring from there. Which is never gonna be easy when there are 8 defenders and a keeper in there.

    Chelsea were not trying to do anything when they got the ball back. Just hoofing it away and restructuring. Barcelona would have had more chances had they taken more hopeful pots than they did under their patient but timely approach to the Chelsea goal.

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #5

    On this subject.

    We still have the magical HBA to help us out.

    Would laugh if it came down to HBA, Obertan and Marveaux playing. Possibly the fastest forward line ever seen.

    Can Obertan ever convert his pace into a useful tool is the question.

    Also really wonder what Best will be like when he returns. Probably behind Shola (and obv Ba and Cisse) in the pecking order. But he does have a good work rate and Pards reckoned he was the best finisher we had.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Really we need Madrid to get to the final if there’s one man that can stop Chelsea its Jose, Chelsea without ivanavic n terry n maybe Cahill for the final n ivanavic n Cahill n Luiz out of Sundays game with qpr

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #7

    @ LGFUAD21

    I agree. It’s strange that Barca are so single minded in their attempts to pass the ball into the net.

    You’d think they have several players who could regularly score +30 yard screamers!

  • davybtoon

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Anyway I said jus the other day on here i think we will finish 3rd

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #9

    … Real Madrid do.

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #10

    …..or most teams in the Prem

  • fungus44

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #11

    are they not both to old to get both in the Olympic

  • toonincheek

    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Both 26 years old.
    I thought the Olympics was for under-23s – although a couple of overage players would be allowed.

  • lordy_geordie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Hour righttoonincheek, however they are allowed 3 players over 23.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    lordy –
    If that’s the case, would they really select both Cisse and Ba?
    Or if they did, maybe they would alternate them.

  • ShanghaiMag

    Apr 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Newcastle should just make it very clear that the choice is Olympics OR African Cup of Nations. Same as Fergy did with Rooney, that way I wouldn’t mind either way.


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