Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse may miss quite a bit of the season for Newcastle next term.
Papiss Cisse – could miss summer tour
That’s because both strikers could be involved for Senegal in the Olympic Games in the UK, and then there is the African Cup of Nations starting in January in South Africa, and that’s the second year in a row the tournament has taken place.
That’s because the African Cup Of Nations organizers want to hold the event on odd years, but that means there will have been three tournaments over the last four years.
Papiss Cisse has made a remarkable start to his Newcastle career in the famous number 9 shirt, scoring 13 goals in just 14 appearances, and he will be playing in the World Cup qualifying games of Senegal next month.
And the 26 year-old Senegal-born striker is not sure about what his participation will be in the Olympics this summer.
This is what he told the local press today:
“I will now go to play for my national team.” “After that, I will rest ahead of next season. I don’t know about the Olympics just yet.”
“I am playing in the World Cup qualifiers, and after that, I don’t know.” “It’s been an extraordinary thing for me joining Newcastle – it’s been four extraordinary months.”
“I am content with what I have achieved. My objective is to do even better next season.”
Senegal are part of Group A and are scheduled to play against Great Britain at Old Trafford on July 26th, and then they have games with UAE and Uruguay as part of their group games.
Then of course if they do well in the group, they will advance to the knock-out rounds.
Alan Pardew is unlikely to stop either Senegal striker from representing their country, but we wonder how this will impact Newcastle’s summer tour, which could be in South Africa in the summer.
News is starting to trickle out of the local media there that Newcastle and possibly Tottenham will be involved in the Vodacom Challenge tournament.
Tottenham played in the tournament last year, and it could be four teams involved this year with Newcastle joining the Kaizer Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates, both South African football clubs, in the tournament.
This could clash with the Olympic games and could mean that Ba and Papiss Cisse would miss the tour – and of course that’s always assuming Demba Ba will stay at Newcastle this summer.
There are continual reports in the press he could be leaving Newcastle.