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.