Praise For Newcastle Striker From Nigerian Coach

It seems that Alan Pardew is trying to stop Shola Ameobi from going to the African Cup of Nations next month, and the Newcastle manager issued a statement on Monday to that effect to BBC Sports, but Alan said he would like to keep the reasons to himself.

shola ameobi scored qpr

Shola Ameobi – after scoring great goal last Saturday

It could well be that one of the reasons is that Demba Ba is on his way out next month through that release clause in his contract, but the Nigerian Football federation has since denied they have any knowledge of Alan Pardew’s reasons,  and seemingly expect Ameobi to be in South Africa if he is selected in the final squad – which is likely.

And just to add a little more to the already complicated affair,  the Nigerian manager Stephen Keshi has today explained why he included Shola in the provisional squad of 32 that he named last week:

“Shola is a very experienced footballer. When he came into the game, he showed us what he can do on and off the ball. Apart from that his knowledge of the game is good and he has the quality of a leader as well, which is what we need all over the pitch in a game.”

Shola came on fairly late in his debut game for Nigeria against Venezuela in Miami, and set up the third goal in injury time to give Nigeria a 3-1 win, and his experience showed against the backdrop of a young Nigerian side late in that game.

If Shola does go to South Africa, and Demba Ba leaves the club, then Newcastle will be very short of experienced strikers, which is one reason the club are trying to get Loic Remy from Marseilles to Tyneside early next month.

It seems a complicated affair now with Shola Ameobi,  and should he be selected in the final Nigerian squad it will be interesting to see what Newcastle’s reaction is to his selection.

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7 comments so far

  • brklyngeordie

    Dec 26, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1


  • brklyngeordie

    Dec 26, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Super Shola!!!

  • check the toastie

    Dec 26, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Hope Shola is allowed to go the the ACON, if we cant do without Shola for a month at this stage in his career, this club is truly f##ked.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 26, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    These are the rules:

    ‘As long as an
    international match is
    scheduled within the FIFA
    International Match Calendar
    clubs are obligated to release
    their players for national team
    duty. Otherwise, clubs are
    well within their rights to hold
    on to their players. Being the
    ones paying the players’
    salaries, they naturally want to
    protect their assets and
    prevent unnecessary injuries
    to their stars.’

    If a player are not released he cannot play for his club during the periode he should have been released (plus an extra 5 days).

    That was what happened to Cisse not long ago.

    I know the ANC or ACON is recognized by FIFA, but I am unsure about whether or not it fits within the FIFA International Calendar, because this is what Blatter said back in 2008:

    ‘In January 2008,
    FIFA president Sepp Blatter
    announced that he wanted the
    tournament to be held in
    either June or July by 2016, to
    fit in the international

    If it is not within the FIFA International Calendar, then Pards doesn’t have to release him!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 26, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #5

    hope shola goes and we bring 2 new forwards by that way our squad strength will be increased

  • Taxi for Pardew

    Dec 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Shola will need to be released if he wants to go, pretty simple really, however if Pardew has bullshitted him about how he is an integral part of his team and he would be lost without him, manipulated him into throwing his chance away, then Shola may decide to stay.

    However if he is then sat on the bench through January getting splinters, Big Shola is going to a little pis#ed with Pardross.


    Dec 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Shola has his supporters on here but he has his critics also?

    This aint rocket science and this is one thing i am pleased Pardew is keeping silent about. There are also other matters when i wish he would also just keep his trap shut!

    You can interpret that either way, a lot of contradictory statements are being made just recently! All a bit confusing and also fodder for all the doubters on here !

    I still think BA is on his way come 1 Jan when the windows open?
    But you can all draw your own conclusions?


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