More Good News – Cisse Not In Senegal Olympic Squad


The good news today is that Senegal have left both Newcastle strikers, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, out of  their Olympic squad.

Papiss Cisse – not in Senegal Olympic squad

That’s good news for Alan Pardew,  because there had been reports that Papiss Cisse would be included in the squad.

But only a few days ago, it was made known that Alan Pardew had objected to the Senegal Football Association about the potential Cisse inclusion, as one of the three players who can be over 23 years old in the squad, and that seems to have paid off.

Senegal are in Group A along with Team GB and it’s a relief that both Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba can now be fully involved in Newcastle’s pre-season.

Newcastle have some tough games coming up in August, including the two play-off games to qualify for the Europa League group stage.

And since we reported that the Ivory Coast have been drawn in a play-off  tie against Senegal, as part of qualifying for the African Cup Of Nations in South Africa, that was also good news, because it means that all three players will not be part of the tournament in January.

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183 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #1

    He scores when he wants (for the toon)

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Spuggy,
    He scores FROM WHERE he wants

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  • geoff777

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3

    The chance to win an Olympic Gold medal shouldn’t be denied to someone because an employer in the sporting sector has a very very minor fixture for the employee to attend.

    This sucks. This sucks more because it’s the London Olympics.

    What about the Team GB interests in weakening a Senagalese team?

    yep it sucks!!! lol

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  • Levi

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    can i just say the fa said no one who represented england at the euros can play in the olympics and i know it was only a few weeks before but they cant expect our players to go off 3 times in just over a year. and given the choice any player would choose any other tournament over the olympics.

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  • Dondatta13

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Turns out… They weren’t even selected! for whatever reason (we don’t know if Pardew played a part or not) Maybe they just decided to go with other players?

    Chill haha

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  • GeordieDan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    See that QPR have just signed Park Ji-sung from Manure for £2million. That’s a bargain for a super-sub.

    There’s a reason Fergie always played him in the big games. Not sure he’d fit in our policy but a very good player for a nothing fee.

    Fergie must think he’s past it mind.

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  • geoff777

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    @levi

    I guess perceptions differ from country to country.

    As Senegal has never won an Olympic Gold, denying them their first choice players in a competition that represents their best chance ever to win gold is bad, especially as Team GB has been drawn in the same group.

    In Senegal it would be huge.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #8

    So still no first team signing? Haiz. Bored.

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  • geoff777

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #9

    @Dondatta13 #5

    Forwhatever reason … lol

    We refused to let them pick Cisse or Ba for Senegal against Team GB!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #10

    no transfer news ? lol

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  • Dondatta13

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #11

    geoff777 they weren’t selected. That’s down to their countries Olympic selection committee…

    Much like our own taekwondo fighter. Our Olympic committee failed to select him even though he is world #1.

    Now you talk about denying someone a chance at a gold medal I’d be sure to start there lol.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #12

    He will be raring to go when we start out league and euro campaigns 🙂
    I think we all agree that we have the best firepower in years,so we need overall defending to be better and need more goals from midfield this year.
    Ben Arfa and Cabaye to add a few to their tally and we need our non scoring CB’s to chip in too.
    Our goals ratio from corners is shocking I’m sure,most teams have a good threat from corners but we ain’t.
    Apart from Sayls and Shola that is

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  • Dondatta13

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #13

    geoff777… We can SUGGEST that they not be selected but we cannot under any circumstances “refuse to let them pick Cisse or Ba” .

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  • geordiejamie89

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s a bit of a shame really. It would have been good to see Cisse having a go at the Olympics.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #15

    @dondatta13

    FIFA regulations state that players over the age of 23 can be refused to be released by clubs….it was mention on the news the other day.

    I know football isn’t a huge thing at the olympics in this country but other countries consider it to be big. Messi had a chew with barcelona for the last olympics and ended up going.

    The reality is….if you are playing for a club, in a different country to where you are from, for a club which you have no real strong connection to, you would probably rather represent your country.

    I know lot of people put club football ahead of internationals but that seems to be just an English thing. I personally would rather represent my country than newcastle, and I have supported the club all my 23 years., its just personal preference.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #16

    @Novocastrian66

    yeh we have the same idea on coaching really….basically more money from the FA, and the bigger clubs in my opinion, should be put into the local area.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #17

    i think cisse would have been fitter than any 1 else for the start of the season or Ba for that matter

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #18

    @indian

    so you were in favour of him going to the olympics?

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #19

    So, i’ve gotten a 3 night stay at the Premier Inn in Newcastle and a match of my choice, for my 30th birthday.
    Wondering what game to take in 🙂

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  • geoff777

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #20

    The Government hope that we finish 4th in the Olympic’s medal tally.

    Senegal have won one Silver medal in their Olympic history.

    We need to re-evaluate our view.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Rich

    well i would not have minded that, Olympic gold bronze or silver is something priceless.

    I would have left it 2 cisse

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #22

    @indian

    I agree….at the end of your career what do you look back on with fond memories…

    a good pre season and qualification for europa league group stage

    or an olympic medal (possible olympic medal)

    i know what I would prefer

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  • geoff777

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #23

    It is something priceless to a lot of people.

    To most people it is on a par or greater than a World Cup or CL medal.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Senegal won’t get anywhere winning anything in the Olympic tho, quite honestly.

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  • geoff777

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #25

    What’s Pardew going to say to Ba and Cisse the night Team GB play Senegal?

    #thissucks #notagoodmove

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Ask the value of an Olympic gold to someone who never won it.

    Imagine National anthem and the bouquet in your hand

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  • geoff777

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #27

    @Dannyo

    Not any more they’ve been neutered!!!

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #28

    I really hope Ba and Cisse can get a full pre-season under their belts injury free, and then become the most feared strikeforce in the PL next season 😉

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Rich,

    I thought you might be at Chester le street 2day

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #30

    @dannyo

    they have a chance, i think most teams do, with players mostly under 23 it will all be about consistency as not many will have a lot of experience….anything could happen.

    Also, even if he doesn’t win anything, would you rather tell your kids/grandkids that you once played a pre season in germany and portugal or that you played at te olympics.

    These decisions should be entirely down to the players.

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  • geoff777

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #31

    ED … time for a “NUFC fans want Cisse & Ba to play in the Olympics instead of a meaningless fixture in Cardiff” … post?

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #32

    @indian

    I would have but I had a game myself….unfortunately it has rained for most of the week so the game has been called off., so i’m just watching the odi on TV.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Rich,

    If you are listening 30 more days of the rain

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Although to balance my argument.

    Cisse may have been asked his view, then the club might have said we want you to stay here. Cisse might have accepted this and agreed he is happy to miss the olympics.

    It is all speculation what was said between cisse and pardew….it could have been a firm no, or it could have been an agreement between both.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #35

    I understand not letting Cisse play in the Olympics. He’s our star striker, we pay him big money, we could potentially lose him for a month due to ANOTHER African Cup Of Nations and Pardew wants him to continue his settling in having only been at the club for 6 months. The people saying let him go play might not be feeling like this if he gets injured or worn out by mid-season and we have to rely on Ameobi as our main goal threat (no disrespect to the lad but he’s not quite as prolific as Cisse).

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #36

    @indian

    take it you are listening too?

    yeh i heard the 30 days of rain….there has been so much we have had flash flooding and the water table is high that any rain that comes down isn’t being soaked into the ground, getting a lot of standing water.

    my season has been ruined so far, managed to play 4 out of a possible 12 games.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #37

    If Ba and Cisse have been asked to play by the Sengalese FA in the Olympics then the decision not to play has rested with them. The club can advise them not to play but cannot withdraw them.

    If they thought their interests were better served playing in the Olympics I am sure they would have done. Saying that Senegal would have a chance of gold, silver, or even bronze just because Ba and Cisse are in the squad is a little premature.

    With those two in the first eleven the Senegal team didn’t even make it out of their group in the ACON so let’s jump off this club slating bandwagon that seems to be gathering speed.

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  • ashwin say's

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #38

    its a shame no one from nufc squad is selected for olympic .

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #39

    @super shearer

    I am well aware of the risks of letting him go, but I just think it is an important thing and we should not stand in his way.

    I’m not sure what cisse is like as a person, by all accounts he is a decent, genuine lad, but I know if my club had told me I could not represent my country I would have a transfer request handed in within 5 minutes.

    I would put England winning a trophy ahead of newcastle, just my personal opinion, I know a lot would disagree though.

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  • geoff777

    Jul 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #40

    @rich_toonfan

    Balanced view, but until we hear differently as discerning individuals in a democracy, we have to assume that the monolithic NUFC (Ashley) has ridden roughshod across (Cisse’s) his dreams.

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