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Newcastle Strikers Could Play In Olympic Games

10:43 am, Monday, May 28th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

26-year-old Papiss Cisse captained Senegal to a 1-0  win against Morocco on Friday night,  in a friendly game at the Marrakesh Stadium in Morocco.

Papiss Cisse on right, with Senegal’s team last Friday

A new look Senegal team won that game 1-0, with the goal coming from Pape Moussa Konate in the first half and Senegal gave a good account of themselves.

Senegal will be hoping to do a lot better in next January’s  African Cup of Nations, after losing all three of their group games last January.

And it seems the Newcastle number 9 is ready to play for Senegal in the Olympics, even though that will impinge on Newcastle’s pre-season preparations.

Senegal manager Alou Cisse’s will soon name his squad, and it could be that both Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba will be included, and that would certainly disrupt Newcastle’s pre-season preparations for the upcoming season, when Newcastle are back in Europe again.

Each country competing in the Olympics have a squad made up of players 23 or younger, but three overage players are allowed in the 18-man squads, so it would be a bit unfair if two of those Senegal players come from Newcastle.

Cisse seems ready and willing to be part of Senegal’s squad:

“The Olympics is a very important competition, look at players like Ryan Giggs and David Beckham who have achieved such great things in their careers and want to win it.”

“My concern is that I might take the place of a young player in the team. I think that this would be hard, like if I was being replaced in the World Cup Squad.”

“I think that the emphasis should be on young players enjoying the competition. But if the management team want me to play I will be proud to do so.”

And just like France – with Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa – being in England’s group in the European Championships, Senegal are in Great Britains’ group A in the Olympics, with the other countries being Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates.

It could be that some of Newcastle’s players could put a damper on both England’s and Great Britain’s chances this summer?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Demba Ba · Euro 2012 · Newcastle News · Olympics · Papiss Cisse


9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // May 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Having some prankster write FATTY on his belly in spf 50 on the first day of his holiday is too good for Ashley.

  • 2 jayphoto // May 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Hope cisse doesnt go the way Ba did! If last season is to go by, with ramadam, Ba was useless until mid september, sluggish, fatigued etc!

  • 3 Toonboy_84 // May 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    JFA- I do miss the old school Ashley jokes. Single bar heater, Day release, e.t.c. Still, keep up the good work ;)

  • 4 Graeme // May 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    There should be no football at the Olympics, its a complete and utter farce, what is the point??

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // May 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Toon-boy 84,
    I do too,but unfortunately a lot of people didn’t understand the theme of my attitude softening as the unbeaten run took momentum and I suffered under a tirade of some sickening and vile abuse.

  • 6 nufc13 // May 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Jayphoto – Ramadan comes earlier each year so it starts in mid July so should have less of impact this time round on his performance.

  • 7 markmac // May 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    morning all, ive found our new striker –

  • 8 toonincheek // May 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Jail @1

    A classic !

  • 9 dazza // May 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Swansea just agreed a fee for Sigurdsson – 6.8 a bargain

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