Newcastle Unable To Prevent Ameobi Going To AFCON


Alan Pardew was asked what the current situation is with Shola Ameobi and the Nigerian Football Federation, and Alan was unwilling to talk too much about it – other than to say it should be cleared up in the next few days.

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Shola Ameobi – tussle between Nigeria and Newcastle for his services

It seems there is a clause in Shola’s contract that say he will refuse to play in an African Cup of Nations tournament, but it also seems that the Nigerian born striker has changed his mind and wants to play for Nigeria next month in South Africa.

Alan had said earlier this week that he will not be going, but this is what he had to say yesterday:

“It’s something we’re trying to clear up with the authorities at the minute,” said Pardew, who is already resigned to losing Cheik Tiote to Ivory Coast. “I don’t really want to say any more than that.” “We seem to have two different messages coming out, but we should hopefully sort that out in the next couple of days and have a more definitive answer.”

The Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi has left former Newcastle striker Oba Martins and Aston Villa’s Peter Odemwingie out of the squad in preference to Ameobi, and he has even said he will request that FIFA suspend the Newcastle striker for the length of the tournament if the Tyneside club refuse to release him.

And we have already seen from Senegal, that the African Football Federations pull no punches if their players are not released, and we had the unfortunate situation of Papiss Cisse being  suspended for the following weekend game (75 minutes before the kick off we may add), after he had refused to travel for a friendly game, because of a back problem.

Newcastle have no room for maneuver in this situation, and Nigeria are almost certain to get their way.

It seems the only thing the European clubs get to do in this scenario is pay out huge wages to the players, who are taken away from them for up to six weeks every couple of years.

There’s something wrong with that somehow – and surely the AFCON should be changed to be very four years – as soon as possible.

What do you think?

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36 comments so far

  • bambams

    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed those fingers are on fire this morning

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Either expand it to every 4 years or the PL should open for a winter break like many other countries.
    There are no easy ways to get about this tho and would take big adjustments from either side.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    ete Graves ?@PeteGravesSky
    RT @johncrossmirror Wenger: ‘I like Demba Ba, yes. If you ask me ‘do we sign him?’ I say no.” #nufc #afc

    One down, 18 to go.

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  • bambams

    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Winter break would be a good idea but the knock on affect would hinder summer tournaments by the season finishing later.

    If Shola has a clause than we need to exploit it and keep him, tends to suggest Pards is not confident in increasing our playing staff to me!

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  • WWYCD

    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    I do hope Shola gets to go and we get another striker in during Jan doubt it will happen though

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Reading between the lines we don’t need Remy now, Streete is the new CB and STaylor is Simmos replacement after we flog him for a million quid on the 31st of Jan.With HBA and Cabs back we’ll have such a big squad we can probably afford to offload Tiote at half eleven on the 31st aswell .

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  • woodsee

    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    I hope this season shakes pardew up,if we need 4 or 5 players then do your damnest to get them in before the season starts,i know its tough but it happens every bloody year to us
    ANYWAY MERRY XMAS TO ALL,except alex ferguson who i hope gets hes chewin gum stuck in his windpipe,although the fa would pay for any surgery needed

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  • hotdog

    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Morning Ibiza. In normal offers yes we can say no. Unfortunately this clause means we have no say. He could walk tomorrow!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    rather underwhelming rumour that we have signed charlie austin and Trippier from burnley for a combined 8M. I guess pardew is happier working with that level of player though

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  • hotdog

    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Rotonda – where did you hear that kid?

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #11

    @check
    I’m not saying i want to see the lad play, he’s so much more exciting to watch than Simmo in many ways.
    But he got easily passed by against that german lad in the greek team.
    Same tendency in his outing after that, however i cannot recall if that was Maritimo or not?
    He was at CB in pre-season i liked the look of him there.

    I just don’t think it’s the time, considering the circumstances and all.
    But i deffo want to see the lad play, and yes, he was one of the better ones in his last outing.

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  • WWYCD

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Haha Ferguson going a bit nutty in his presser slating Pardew and NUFC haha

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda….So as it’s an underwhelming rumour we’ll believe it? 🙂 Believe it when you see it, whoever the player.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #14

    hotdog…My point exactly. It’s no good us saying “just get rid of him”, I suppose we could cancel his contract, but not sure that is in our interest.

    Yo…Do you have a link? Such a merry fellow is Sir Alex.

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  • obatoyou

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #15

    hehe buy new players please

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  • hotdog

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Dannyo – the fact is mate we can’t keep things the way they are as they are plainly not working. Change is now necessary, whether that be moving existing players around or hopefully the two or three new defenders we need.

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  • check the toastie

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17

    WWYCD – whats he said?

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #18

    That’ll be great when both Tiote and Shola are gone and we lose BA along with our injuries and the thoughts of the window the way we usually approach them.
    Our squad will not only look thin it’ll look like its been on the Biggest loser
    Come on Lambarse get some players in the first week and make us eat our words

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  • WWYCD

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #19

    Ibiza
    No link yet mate think its live answers coming out on twitter will be 50 articles written within the hour though don’t worry. Called us a ‘wee club in the north east’ and ran through Pards think the old fella is losing it a bit

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #20

    The lad Trippier is far better than Simpson like. Though i’m better than Simpson too.

    😉

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  • WWYCD

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Check
    Apparently responding to what Pards said about Fergies actions towards the ref on wed (Pards didn’t really say anything though) sounds like a child having a tantrum

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    Yo….Sure sounds like Ferguson 🙂

    Wee club? A wee bit silly Alex?

    I saw Pardews comments, he didn’t say Ferguson should have received action, but he came as close as.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #25

    awwww….Alex doesn’t want to be friends with Pardew anymore. No more Obertans or Simmos lads.

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  • WWYCD

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #26

    Ibiza
    I do get the feeling Fergie was told Pards had a go at him but without being told exactly what Pards said so the media could have a story…still out of order though haha does look like a idiot now which sort of makes up for it

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #27

    If Newcastle united are a Wee club then apart from 3-4 clubs every club is a Wee club.

    Typical fergie This man is a knight – no respect

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Fergy rant word for word:

    He is the worst for haranging referees. His whole staff, every game. He was at it the whole game on Wed.

    He shoves a ref then makes a joke of it, then he’s got the cheek to criticise me. It’s unbelievable.

    He forgets the help I’ve given him, by the way.

    focus on spat with Dean is price of being at “most famous club in world” not a “wee club in the north-east like Newcastle

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  • bambams

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #29

    Ferguson. . . The fella is just a disgrace! Gets away with it all the time – but it’s not worth Pards commenting on it. Fergy is an old man who has to put cling film on his seats these days !

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #30

    Yo….Pardew did take the piss out of the situation, so I can see where his feathers were ruffled. Would have liked to have seen Ferguson giving the interview….I can only imagine the shade of purple he turned. It can’t be long until he turns in to a full on umpa lumpa.

    Wait….isn’t Pardew the lumper?

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  • stunna

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #31

    Shola will pull out by retiring from international play.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Lol
    Poor sir alex when he has a tantrum it runs for days like!
    What a pathetic little c0ck he is, and how dare pardew forget about all the help he’s given him!!!
    Pardew hardly went on a rant about it ffs!

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  • WWYCD

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #33

    Ibiza
    Haha true but it was pretty much a none comment from Pards I’d imagine because they are friends he was so nice. Poor Ferguson though people will be worrying about him now he is a heart attack waiting to happen then what will Man Utd do?!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #34

    Yo…What people don’t understand that as Man U are the worlds biggest club Ferguson HAS to enforce his views on refs etc, otherwise they may not be a top club anymore. Can’t have a wee club like Newcastle getting something off them, what would WillyWonka say?

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  • TorqToon

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #35

    Ferguson – What a prize plank !!!!!

    No wonder nobody likes the idiot !

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  • TorqToon

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #36

    And as for waiting until the end of the window to complete a Remy deal – I’m not sure on that! We should put together our very best offer, and put it to the club. They will either accept or reject – either way we will know what we need to do and still have the whole of January to do business.

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