There was news last year at this time that Nigeria were looking to cap Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi, and choose him in the squad for last January’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) but it didn’t happen – and would you believe the exact same thing is happening now for this January’s AFCON, to take place in South Africa.
Shola Ameobi could get a call from Nigeria
After the Ivory Coast qualified for the AFCON by beating Senegal 6-2 on aggregate on Saturday, Newcastle fans were pleased we would not be losing our two top strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in January and some of February.
We’ll lose Cheick Tiote, although we seem to have adequate replacements, but it could be that our 3rd striker will be in the Nigerian squad in South Africa.
Shola was born in Zaria, Nigeria in 1981 and qualifies to play for the country, since he’ never been capped at the full International level by England in a competitive game, even though he played 20 times for the England U21 side.
Nigeria’s head coach, Stephen Keshi, says he is considering selecting Shola, who turned 31 last Friday, for the tournament that starts in January.
This is what Keshi said about Newcastle’s 6’2″ striker:
“Shola’s a good striker, and he has a chance to be on the plane to South Africa.” “I’ve been watching him closely, and he’s got something unique.
“He will definitely bring something different to the attack. I have Shola and Victor Anichebe in my striking plans.”
If Keshi selects Shola there’s little Newcastle can do, even though this will the third AFCON in four years, and it takes Premier League players away from their clubs right in the middle of the season.
We have to hope that Keshi decides not to pick Shola, and we think if it’s between Shola and Victor Anichebe, he’ll go with the Everton striker who is only 24, and could be one for the future.
What do you think?
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