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Ameobi Named To Provisional Nigerian Squad For AFCON

10:18 am, Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

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.

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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.

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Tags: African Cup Of Nations · Cheick Tiote · International News · Shola Ameobi

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dannyo // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    I’m happy for Shola. Despite ups and downs he’s been loyal as few. Just being loyal deserves it’s own rewards and he’s gotten it.
    Make the most of it lad.

  • 2 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

  • 3 hotdog // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Kevy – On ba its all speculation but what is not, is that he has this clause. Now the club rightly are trying to remove this so that they can plan ahead with ba in the team. If he says no he has to go. Pardew can not plan his team/signings, if every six months he knows he might lose one of his strikers. I think the club are forcing him out now because of this IMO.

  • 4 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    El Failo – the home of supposition and exponential adding up. Pounds and euros mixed up too.

  • 5 Dannyo // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    For me, i think we’ve seen both ends of the scale when it comes to MA and i feel that i have yet to peg him on a pattern. Despite him being here for a number of years now.
    One has to say he has cleared up allot of issues off the pitch, it’s about what’s on them now.

  • 6 catchy in norway // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    missing the game today, 🙁

    taken my son to watch the hobbit, think it will be better anyway

    expecting us to get beat 2-0 today

  • 7 kevymartins // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I’m buzzing for today for me this is such a big game for us.

  • 8 WWYCD // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Good for Shola hope he does get in for the final squad even though it’ll leave us stuffed while he’s away. Campbell might get his shot though I suppose

  • 9 catchy in norway // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:33 AM


    thats a huge plus point

    young campbell will get a fair chance

  • 10 WWYCD // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Aye he has sorted stuff off the pitch though he made a lot of the issues himself imo has alienated a lot of people along the way though

  • 11 Dannyo // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Aye, that is another point. He hasn’t made it easy.
    Campbell getting a shot is a good point, how different isn’t he and Shola, lol

  • 12 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Catchy- the hobbit is decent. I’d much rather watch Newcastle like…

  • 13 WWYCD // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Could be a plus point we will have to wait and see

  • 14 WWYCD // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Much the same player I think haha

  • 15 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    But the hobbit was good, enjoy

  • 16 HullMag6 // Dec 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Anyone else notice – where’s Martins?

  • 17 andym // Dec 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Not interested either way good luck shola but tbh id like to see him shipped out in the summer i think hes been out his depth all his career and should have stepped down into the championship years ago. Needs replacing in the summer get him flogged for 0.5m

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