Confusion Over Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi

We had reported yesterday that Alan Pardew had said that Shola Ameobi would not be going to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON),  and that he had made the Nigeria manager aware of the reasons, but that was met with a response from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) that they know nothing at all about this.

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Shola Ameobi – confusion on whether he is available for the AFCON

This is what Alan Pardew said yesterday to BBC Sports:

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

But a spokesman for the NFF, Ademola Olajire, said this to about the Newcastle manager’s statement:

“We are not aware of such a thing about Shola Ameobi, he is a FIFA-listed player for us. The federation is not aware, the head coach is not aware of this and that was why Shola was called up for the competition.”

“We will do all within us to see that Shola or any player picked by the coach for the Nations Cup is released to us.”

Shola was included in the 32-man provisional squad picked by Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi last week, and it was very likely he would also be included in the final squad, as he was impressive in his debut last month when he came on as a substitute and set up the third goal in the 3-1 win over Venezuela in Miami.

We’ll have to see if Shola’s included in the final squad, which we think he will be, and take it from there.

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8 comments so far

  • prashanth

    Dec 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Merry Mas to everyone 🙂

    Hope Shola stays… he can be an asset coming off the bench…


  • prashanth

    Dec 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    also to indian, catchy… the pessimism is starting to get beyond obnoxious. if you are supporting NUFC, you are supporting the team, the manager and the tea-lady.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    I could do with some tea.

  • Graeme

    Dec 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Whatever happens, I hope Shola fulfils his ambition to play International Football for his Country. After so many years of unstinting service to NUFC its the least he deserves.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Dec 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t really like the attitude of that Spokesman fella. He makes it sound like we are keeping Strolla Prisoner

    “…released to us…”

    First off, Shola is a Newcastle player, under contract and paid by the club. His priorities are with those he signed a contract with. Hate how these National team spokesman people feel that they should have priority over players contracted to another club.

  • Graeme

    Dec 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Anita One – If a player is called up for the ACN then the regulations are quite clear that he must be released by his club unless injured. Its as simple as that really!!

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    There are two things

    Shola will have to say NO himself and retire from International football, then only he cannot go or else NUFC have to release him.

    Otherwise NUFC cannot play shola for the time the tournament is on.

  • southafricantoon

    Dec 25, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #8; Alan Pardew says Shola Ameobi will not play for the Super Eagles at next year’s Afcon even if is selected in the final squad. Pardew says you know the reasons why Ameobi won’t play. What are the reasons?

    Stephen Keshi: I have never spoken to Alan Pardew in my life. I have only seen him on television so I don’t know what reasons he is talking about.; Have you spoken to Shola about the situation?

    Stephen Keshi: No, I have not. Not yet…but I will eventually do that and get to the root of the matter.; The Federation (NFF) has insisted that Ameobi will be compelled to go to the competition if he is eventually selected in the final squad. Are you on the same page as the Federation?

    Stephen Keshi: Of course, I am on the same page as my Federation. Alan Pardew knows he cannot stop Shola from going to the Cup of Nations because the competition is recognized by Fifa.

    I don’t know what is in his (Pardew’s) head or what he is thinking about.


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