Senegal Strikers Could Miss Newcastle Summer Tour

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • tarie4

    May 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1


    Where didbu here that?? Link?

  • BenbulbenMag

    May 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Absolutely ridiculous holding the ACN 2 years running.

    Ferguson has the right idea banning his players from being available for the olympics with the exception of Giggs. We should take a leaf out of his book. Who pays these guys wages afterall ?

  • Indian Magpie

    May 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle Unitred to Sign pastor Maldanado and David Ferrer

  • Londtoon

    May 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Indian is there truth and sources for that or is this like when you said we were signing a rugby player?

  • tarie4

    May 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5


    Yes, but as I am African, I would love them to represent their country, yes it affects us, but I personally would love them to represent their country, although we pay their wages, but wen we bought them, we knw they wud go to the acon every 2 years etc… Winning the acon and olympics is the pinnacle of most these players, wereas if U play for man U, U are most likely going to win the premier league and play in semis finals or even winning the champs league.. So its easier to convince players not to go..

  • Macca_Geordie9

    May 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Why not sign Michael Owen back on a free and pay as you play basis? He would be an incredibly effective sub, as we’re looking for, and also it would be a massive chance for him to win us supporters back!!

  • Londtoon

    May 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Macca @6

    Have you no pride?! He robbed us dry!


    May 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Macca @6

    He hates this club im sure he has tweeted it!

  • Macca_Geordie9

    May 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Maybe not then… But there’s no denying whoever he signs for he could potentially make a huge impact as many would feel he has a couple of good years left in him due to lack of football over the last few years..

  • BenbulbenMag

    May 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Tarie4, I can understand you wanting them to represent their country and unfortunately with the weather in Africa it makes more sense to hold the tournament in January/February rather than June/July in line with other competitions.

    However to hold them back to back is very harsh, throw in the Olympics and it’s untenable. They should have held a 3 year gap if they wanted to align it on odd years so as not to compete with other competitions.

    I can understand the reasonin g behind the organisers doing this but to be honest I would be very reluctant to sign African players now knowing that we will be without them at key stages of the domestic league and cup drives.


    May 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Not too bothered about them playing for their country!
    As long as they don,t come back Injured and are also fully Fit to start next Season!

    They have both had significant seasons for us this year and to stand in their way and stop them playing International for their Country would be the wrong thing to do!

    Any future signings made though will not be African players! Or at least i hope not! We are fast becoming a Mirror Image of the French National Team, however, and while i don,t mind this, it means any Local Talent out there, has,nt a chance of getting anywhere with us!

    The Main Problem with English Players though is there is always an Agent in the background trying to screw any Prospective Club coming in for the Player! Which results in the fact that English Talent costs far too much!

  • mickg108

    May 17, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #12

    David Ferre,,is a Tennis Player David Ferr’ere is a Footballer pmsl…

  • mickg108

    May 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Ferrer even plays Tennis…

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    May 17, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Indian if you think that i don’t know that Pastor Maldonado is a Driver of F-1 Williams team and Ferrer plays tennis, then think again. This is not a good joke,dude. It’s like telling everyone that tomorow is Christmas EVE.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    May 17, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Hey, no way for Owen.. No way. But i would take Carrol back 🙂

  • Marty-Toon

    May 17, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Michael Owen ?
    Someone says he may have 2 good years left in him……lmao
    He hasn’t had 2 good years in him since before Newcastle
    Waste of time n money just tryin to keep him fit.
    He’s still living on his Liverpool success 10 years ago


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