Pardew – Ameobi Not Going To AFCON – Can He Do That?


The BBC is reporting today that Newcastle’s hero on Saturday, Shola Ameobi, will not be going to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) next month in Nigeria’s squad, and that’s according to his manager Alan Pardew.

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Shola was named in the provisional Nigerian squad only last week by manager Stephen Keshi – but the news is that Alan Pardew has said the 31 year-old striker will not be taking part in the tournament.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“Shola won’t be going. The national team manager knows the reasons, which I am keeping to myself.”

Shola picked up his first ever International cap when he came on for Nigeria in their 3-1 win over Venezuela in Miami last month, and he got rave reviews from Keshi after the game, and it was assumed he would be in the final squad and therefore miss up to six weeks playing for Newcastle while he was in South Africa for the AFCON.

But we also remember that Newcastle were not allowed to play Papiss Cisse in the next Premier League  game,  when the Tyneside club refused to allow him to travel to play for Senegal in a friendly match recently, because of a back injury, and we wonder if the law is on Alan’s side in preventing Shola from playing in South Africa?

Of course if Demba Ba leaves Newcastle next month, we will be very short of strikers, since we only have three experienced ones at the club at present, after we let both Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands leave in the summer, and we could lose two  if Ba leaves and Shola goes to the AFCON – although Newcastle are trying to bring Loic Remy into the club next month.

It’s OK for Alan to say Shola’s not going, but we believe the clubs have to release the players for the tournament, and remember what Senegal did after Cisse wasn’t released for a mere friendly game.

But of course the clubs pay the wages of these players,  and we’ve had both Tim Krul and Fab Coloccini come back injured from playing in Internationals already this season.

This is a strange statement from the Newcastle manager, and we would expect he’s been in contact with the Nigerian Football Federations on this, and maybe he persuaded Keshi not to pick Shola in his final squad.

There’s also a possibility that Pardew knows that Demba Ba will be on his way in January, and that’s one of the reasons he wants Ameobi to stay at home and not play in the AFCON – and maybe that is reason enough?

There’s lots of questions about this story – to be sure.

What do you think?

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152 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Merry Christmas All

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Falling headfirst mortal drunk into a Yule tide fire is too good for Ashley.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #3

    First Cisse at olympics now this donkey

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Allan Pardew double speak should say
    ”Shola has offered to stay because Demba Ba is off in the New Year and we’ve got to look at the quality we’ve already got in the biwdin as is a difficult period to get new faces over the line ”

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  • Joe Blog

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #5

    JFA

    Nail on the head. “Ba will be leaving in early January, we’ll be bartering through to the end of the month, to perhaps get a replacement in, if the deal is right for us, in the meantime we’ll need Shola.”

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #6

    If the club has blocked wor shola from going to the ACON then it’s a disgrace, especially as its shola, he’s as loyal as they come and has never spoken or acted in anyway other than professionally
    The boy deserve’s to go and if were blocking him going through fear of ba leaving and not being replaced then that is a travesty

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #7

    “Shola won’t be going. The national team manager knows the reasons, which I am keeping to myself.”

    Is that code for we’ll loose Ba…..so if I loose a first teamer I bring in two line is a whole load of carp! Guess so….reasons, which I am keeping to myself….what between you the fat controller and lambs arse…you just couldn’t get any players over the line…….that about right couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery……..f’ing tawts!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #8

    French club Bastia in their latest game scored 4 goals from corners.

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  • wreker16

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Tads
    Agreed

    Bloggs
    Exactly, “besides we need him to churn up long ball as cisse isn’t performing”………

    JFA
    Again, that’s gotta be what he means

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  • Penal Institution for Pardew

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Micheal Barrymore’s best TV moments is too good a Xmas present for Pardew.

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  • MacToon

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Oh poor Shola, his one chance to play in an international tourny but is remaining loyal to the club.
    Does it sound promising for incomings? 😉

    Such a valuable 3 points on Saturday and must say there’s some rubbish posted on this blog, some of the comments during the match defy belief at times.

    Anyway, onwards and upwards, let’s hope for a successful transfer window and a rapid climb up the table from Santa.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #12

    toon @6 if your thoughts are correct -it is an absolute disgrace. Stealing someones dreams is the worst ever action by one person to another. They can never be reclaimed.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Goodbye to the new striker then.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Most of the garbage is posted by you mactoon. 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Nigeria may call on odemwingie now. blessing in disguise!!!

    Ho Ho Ho

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Goodbye to anyone coming in….

    Shatter a local lads dreams after all his loyalty to the club….never seen Shola complain about anything and this is how he’s treated…….wonder what its gonna be like in the dressing room come Boxing day!

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  • MacToon

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Most but not all belfast 😉

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  • Penal Institution for Pardew

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Pardew’s Reasoning is long worth ignoring anyway, glad he’s kept it to himself.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #19

    If anybody starts saying Cabaye & Taylor will be like new signings this transfer window, i’m hanging myself.

    You’ve all been warned. 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Shola is staying at home because Ba is definitely going to another club but a striker might not not necessarily arrive. Only explanation he can give an international manager that would work. Apart from adding that Cisse is also a possible leaver 🙁 that would definitely work.

    Anyone got Shefki’s number ?

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Any player hitting form will be like a new signing …surely Belfast…besides with Shola missing out on his dreams…he is our new signing…LOL 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Shefqis a non starter Oldham or Burnley pay better.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Belfast no but saylor cabs AND Hatem WILL be like new signings. For Gateshead, Man U and Chelski respectively.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #24

    I was kind of hoping for a shola less January and February.

    Now the spectre of him in a NUFC starting line up will surely give me mares

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #25

    It happens every window.

    It was Taylor & Marveaux last window.
    Steven Taylor has been like a new signing about 10 times. 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Anyway merry Christmas to all my fellow bloggers lets see what Ebenezer Mashley brings us in the New year.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Don’t do it Belfast ..Don’t Do it !. Its not worth it man .

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  • Tommyy

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Extremely selfish by Pardew, Sholas only chance to play at a big tournament internationally in his entire career.
    Also looks like we are either losing Ba or noone is coming in. Great.
    To be honest everything NUFC is making me rather bitter and frustrated at the moment, especially Pardew’s interviews.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #29

    It’s secret code for shite transfer window.

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  • obatoyou

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Is Campbell fit? Give him a go

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  • MacToon

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Is it such a secret?

    Considering the huge hike in TV revenue next season, Ashley would be mad not to protect his investment this January.
    Btw Gosling will be like a new signing too!

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  • nick_9

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #32

    I think shola deserved to go so I hope the decision mates with him and had no pressure from the club. If we have blocked him from going I cannot see it bringing any positives. There’s talk of a divide between cisse and Ba, cisse was unhappy at being subbed, colo had a falling out with Pards and cabaye was rumoured to be unhappy at the Start of the season. I hope the rumours of dressing room unrest are untrue but some cracks are appearing

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #33

    I’ve always given Pards my backing (except that first week when I was bitterly disappointed in his arrival) but I am losing respect for him with every new presser.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh shit forgot about Gõsling.

    Our squad will be massive. 😉

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  • Beattie25

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #35

    This is such a funny statement and further proof that Pards needs some media training.

    It is either the worst attempt to disguise the fact that Ba is off on 1st Jan without a replacement coming in or he is speaking bullshit and trying to keep Shola here to add numbers as we have no striker coming in.

    Either way we have no striker coming in.

    Also has anyone seen Paul Merson’s prediction about Man Ure away? 5-0 he reckons! Ha ha ha.

    Anyone who thinks it’ll be less than 6-0 is a mug.

    HWTL

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Beattie I think it may be 3 or 4 nil. But then I am a SD Mug.

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  • bills-son

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Those of you slating Pardew for not wanting Shola to go to the ACON must be on the Xmas sherry. NOTHING is more important than the Toon doing everything they can to minimise the possibility of going down. Shola gives us a physical option that none of our other strikers offer and he is a proven impact sub. If Shola goes, Ba stays and we sign another striker we are no better off numbers wise than we are now for six weeks of the season. How the fk can Shola not going to the ACON be anything other than good news for us fans???

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Pardew talking b…s..t. Surely not!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Indian you could give us and shola a break, and save the embarrassment he puts you through every time he pops up with a vital goal 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Having said that if Strolla is our only 2nd striker option come February, I hope I get gloves with padded palms for crimbo.

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