It’s not good news that’s coming through for Newcastle fans, that Senegal will include Newcastle’s top striker Papiss Cisse, in their squad for the Olympics in London in July.
Papiss Cisse – number 15 – in action for Senegal earlier this summer
Cisee has become an important player for Newcastle, and it seems that he will be missing from most of the pre-season, due to his Olympic involvement, and he will be one of the players that’s older than 23, that are allowed in each squad.
And of course he will be off to the African Cup of Nations in South Africa in January, so Newcastle will miss him then as well, and we’re not even going to mention that he was at the African Cup of Nations last January.
That’s one reason we need to get a top non-African striker through the door this summer – and Luuk de Jong is Newcastle’s number one target – that’s very clear.
In the 2014 World Cup qualifying games this summer, Papiss was the Senegal captain, and it’s obvious that the Senegal officials see him as a very important player for their country.
No surprise there. with Papiss looking world class for Newcastle in the short four months he played at Newcastle, when he scored an amazing 13 goals in just 14 appearances for the famous Magpies club.
Senegal’s plans are to hold a pre-Olympic training camp in Spain in July, and it’s interesting that they will be facing Team GB in their opening match of the Games at Old Trafford on Thursday, July 26.
And as we have found out over the last couple of days, that the GB team will not include David Beckham, which seems a pity, because this lad is such a wonderful ambassador for England, all over the world.
David’s come a long long way since he was sent off in that World Cup quarter final game, back in 1998 against Argentina – and he’s matured big time in front of our very eyes.
And as we said, it seems a pity he cannot play in the Olympics, since he did so much to get the Games to London.
That’s the way life goes sometimes – it’s sometimes very difficult – as we keep finding out.