After we reported on Nigeria’s 3-1 win over Venezuela on Wednesday night in Miami, we said we’ll just have to wait and see if Shola Ameobi’s second half substitute performance was good enough to get him into the Nigerian squad for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) beginning in January, and from what the coach is saying today, it could be that’s exactly what Shola has done.
Shola Ameobi – in action on Wednesday nigh for Nigeria
That’s good news and bad news – good news for Shola who has said he wants to play at the International level, and certainly bad news for Newcastle, as we’ll be without Shola for January and some of February, depending on how Nigeria far in the tournament.
The Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi has talked about Shola’s 30-minute appearance in his debut on Wednesday night, and Shola made the third goal for the Nigerians, which came in added time.
Keshi has come out and said that Shola was awesome
“Shola was awesome from the moment he got onto the pitch. He showed his experience in the game and even when he was provoked his calmness was amazing.”
“He was talking to the other players on what to do at a time we were under pressure and he was resilient, we sure need his experience for big tournaments.”
“Look at the way and manner he shielded the ball, evaded being brought down before passing to Onazi for our third goal, Shola is a special player.”
That will give Shola a great boost and certainly he’s playing very well at Newcastle and his massive experience is there for all to see.
But Newcastle will already lose Cheick Tiote to the AFCON, with Cheick representing the Ivory Coast, and now one of our three experienced strikers will apparently also be missing.
But with only Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse available, and Ba may even leave the club in January, this may force Newcastle to bring in a new striker, and early in the transfer window too.
As we said earlier, this is both good news and bad news, but Shola is now showing all of his massive experience in his play for Newcastle United this season – and apparently for Nigeria too.
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