Shola Ameobi has been named in Nigeria’s provisional squad that was named yesterday for the African Cup of Nations, which is to take place in South Africa for around six weeks starting in early January.
Shola Ameobi – in Nigeria’s colors
The manager Stephen Keshi named this provisional squad yesterday:
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC, Nigeria)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC, Nigeria); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Solomon Kwambe (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves,Nigeria); Danny Shittu (Millwall FC, England); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria)
Midfielders: Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Raheem Lawal (Adana Demirspor, Turkey); Obiora Nwankwo (Calcio Padova, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars, Nigeria); Rabiu Ibrahim (Celtic FC, Scotland)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Uche Kalu (Rizespor, Turkey); Bright Dike (Portland Timbers, USA); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle FC, England); Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)
Shola gained his first cap for Nigeria on Wednesday, November 14th when he came on as a substitute against Venezuela in Miami, and after the game Keshi gushed about how good Shola was in his brief appearance and Nigeria won the game 3-1.
After the game Shola had this to say:
“It’s my first game, I just feel honored to play international football.” “We played good and made life hard for them,” “It was nothing personal, we fought hard and gave our everything.”
“They had great support here but we took the game to them. The lads were superb and I’m delighted to have contributed to a good win.”
Cheick Tiote is almost certain to be in the Ivory Coast squad, so we’ll be missing him too for around six weeks starting in early January, and that’s the second year in a row Cheick will have been at the African Cup of Nations.
It’s likely Shola will also make the final squad for Nigeria, but we wonder if he’ll still go if Newcastle are low down in the league table?
That’s a decision Shola will have top make on his own.
You can also reach Ed at email@example.com