Significant Magpie Interest in AFCON Qualifier On Saturday

Newcastle United will either lose Cheick Tiote to the African Cup of Nations in South Africa in January, or our two strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, as the second leg of the play-off takes place on Saturday in the Senegal capital of Dakur.

Cheick Tiote – in Ivory Coast colors

The Ivory Coast lead 4-2 from the first leg, after they scored three late goals, after Senegal had threatened to take a surprise win out of Abidjan.

The Ivory Coast – beaten finalists last year to Zambia, after an amazing penalty shoot-out after extra time – must be the favorites going into the second leg, but Senegal are at home and they have some excellent strikers who can score goals out of nothing – like the two Newcastle strikers for example.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Saturday’s game:

“Senegal v Ivory Coast is a massive game for this football club.” “If Senegal win, we will lose both of them, so in the next window we would have to do something about it.”

“I will either lose one world class player or two world class players, so I’d rather Cheick bangs a couple in – then I’ll lose just the one player.” “If it’s the other way round, I have no problem with that – I’ll have Cheick Tiote on board.”

“It’s an interesting fixture, and I think it’ll be hard [for visitors Ivory Coast] to hold on to a two-goal lead but we’ll see.” “Senegal love Newcastle and if they heard the Newcastle manager is rooting for another country they wouldn’t be happy, so I am completely neutral!”

And of course that’s a big change from what Alan said before the first leg last month, when the Newcastle manager was rooting heavily for the Ivory Coast.

That’s so we would lose only one player – Cheick Tiote – rather than our two top strikers to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in January – we’d be in big trouble with only Shola Ameobi as a recognized and experienced striker during the AFCON.

You live and learn – as they say.

We’ll be watching that game on Saturday – certainly the first leg was an exciting game.

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9 comments so far

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Oct 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Did anyone see Pappis Cisse headed goal in the first game ? One of the best headed goals you will see check it on U Tube !

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Oct 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Looking forward to the game.

    Good luck to both teams – Hopefully no injuries and the best team goes through.

  • Graeme

    Oct 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #3

    To be fair, losing one player is a much better prospect for NUFC than losing two!!

  • obatoyou

    Oct 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Ivory Coast lead by 2 goals don’t they

    Thing is, we have more cover in the midfield positions than up front. Losing Tiote will allow the others to come in, say Abeid, Gosling etc..
    With Vuckic now out as well…
    We’d have Shola and Sammy up front
    Though come to think of it… The ‘circus upstairs’ (tee hee kidding) may be more inclined to shell out for some strikers were we to be missing our first 2?

  • obatoyou

    Oct 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Is England playing tonight?
    The game isn’t on Setanta or ESPN, annoying.

  • obatoyou

    Oct 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Can you please tell me when you have daylight savings in England? think you are 7 hours behind, so an 8pm kick off would be 3am here.

  • AmericanGeordie

    Oct 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone know if the Senegal/Ivory Coast game is televised in the US?

  • BenbulbenMag

    Oct 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Hopefully It’s Tiote we lose. As other s have pointed out we have more options in midfield and I am happy that Bigi can slot in there and do a very good job until Mr T returns.

    It’s just unfortunate that there had to be another African Cup of Nations. 3 in 4 years is a bit much 🙁

  • sks_toon

    Oct 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #9

    anyone know what time the game is?


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