Shola Ameobi came on in the second half against QPR at home, in what was a vital match for Newcastle to win, and with one piece of superb skill, he scored Newcastle’s winner after 81 minutes.
Shola Ameobi – scoring winning goal against QPR
But after that game Alan Pardew said he would not be going to the African Cup of Nations, which caused some consternation coming from the Nigerian Football Federation.
And it has been revealed that Shola has a clause in his contract, which says he will not play in the AFCON, but it looks like that’s exactly what Shola wants to do.
Newcastle have little or no chance of preventing Shola from going to South Africa next month, but if Shola himself had said he didn’t want to play, then there’s not much the Nigerian FF could do about that, and that would have provided some cover for Newcastle.
But that’s not what Shola has been saying, and maybe that’s why he surprisingly hasn’t been seen in the last two games at Old trafford and the Emirates, after his stellar performance against QPR.
And if Shola does go to South Africa to represent Nigeria, then he will likely leave around the 7th January – so it would have made sense to have used him in the last two games.
We have no idea if there’s a spat between manager and player – but it does seem rather odd that Shola has not appeared in the last couple of games.
What do you think?
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