Has Shola Ameobi Pulled Out Of Africa?


England-based defender Danny Shittu has pulled out of the Nigerian squad for the African Cup of Nations, which will start shortly in South Africa, but it seems that Nigeria still haven’t heard what the situation is with Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

shola ameobi scored qpr

Shola Ameobi – after scoring brilliant winner against QPR

But Sky Sports are reporting that Shola will not play in South Africa this month, and as we said last week, there’s no way Newcastle can force him not to play in the African Cup of Nations.

The only way Shola could get out of it is to say he doesn’t want to play for Nigeria, which is exactly what Danny Shittu has done.

The Media Officer of the Nigerian team, Ben Alaiya, said the following from their training camp in Faro, Portugal – that’s where Newcastle were last January for a few days break.

“There is no word from Ameobi yet on whether he will be part of our Nations Cup preparations. Keshi said he cannot force the player to play for the country, and so he is still waiting to hear from Ameobi on his position and then we will take it from there.”

If Shola is not going then he will have to officially pull out, and apparently there’s a clause in his Newcastle contract, which says that’s what he will do if ever selected by the Nigerian side.

It’s all still a bit fuzzy, and it’s been interesting that we haven’t seen Shola play for Newcastle since he scored that magnificent winner against QPR.

Maybe we’ll see him in action at some time tomorrow night against Everton.

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496 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    First 1st of new Year

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #2

    HD_07

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  • Jayden

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    How did West Brom not score?! D:

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Just seen that Ba is the fourth highest premier league scorer since the start of last season. Only Robin Van W*nkshaft, Rooney and Aguero have scored more!

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  • MacToon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Hope the choice Is Shola’s at the end of the day.

    WB-Fulham game’s canny lively, thought it would be err a boring game lol.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #6

    We need West Brom to win!

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  • MacToon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #7

    What a well taken goal by Fulham, route 1 lmao.

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  • Jayden

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Classy goal.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Indian – see your new years resolution is the same as the last one then.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #10

    If Ba does leave then Shola will have a big part to play if/when we don’t bring in a replacement, but if Ba stays then Shola will be benched, tough one this, but I hope he does pull out as no doubt we’ll need him.

    Lukaku is looking a class act, why the hell Chelski want Ba when they have this lad is beyond me.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki

    Why let a good thing go.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Lukaku again.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    This is a tough one. Shola is kindly putting it, in the twilight of his career and not answering the call could be a big kick in the teeth in repayment of his loyalty to the club. I have no doubt he would get on with it though?

    Could we afford to have Campbell as our bench backup? Big risk or massive opportunity? I think Pards has had his fill of taking risks.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Inidan, I know, I know. Someone has to do it. 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Debuchy deal by the end of the week according some reports???

    I won’t hold my breath

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #16

    I need some proper news to keep me entertained as im digustingly hungover and refusing to get out of bed.

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  • hatem786

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #17

    breaking news now…Debuchy is reported to be on Tyneside to conclude the formalities of his deal today and have medical…..jippiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii……

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  • JackButler

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #18

    hatem786

    where did you get that from???

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  • MacToon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Anyone noticed when Pardew hasn’t a choice of players to pick from, forced into a starting 11 and formation in a way, we’ve played better (as in recent games) but given a choice he finds it difficult to pick the right team and formation?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #20

    hatem786 – dont toy with us now everyone here is feeling pretty delicate. Dont say if you dont mean it 🙂

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  • Williamson is Bramble in disguise

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Let the lad go play for his country for gods sake! its the only chance hes going to get, and im sure we can manage 4 weeks without, theres campbell, ranger and hopefully a new striker as backup to cisse, and if needs be obertan, sammy, or benny if hes back from injury could play down the middle!

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #22

    hatem76
    That’s history mate he arrived on tynside last night in the batcopter

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Mactoon – ha ha unfortunately (and this is right into catchy’s domain) I think a lot of that is true. The last two games have definitely been attack as a diversion from our woeful defense and dm. I didnt slate Pards for trying and failing so badly because he had his hands tied for selection and therefore formation.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Could Shola’s choice be stay here and sit on the bench or go to Africa and sit on the bench?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Ah the batcopter forgot about that. Anyone see that dastardly penguin about?

    EEEEEeeehhhhh Mweh mweh mweh mweh!

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Debuchy the end of the week or today lol????

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Is there any concrete info on dubbucy or is people just making pap up??

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Gotta go. Please save your derision for later I will be back to torment ha ha ha ha.

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  • hatem786

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Debuchy is reported to be on Tyneside to conclude the formalities of his deal and have medical today

    Sky Sports News quoted “sources at Lille and sources close to the player” on Sunday when reporting that agreement had been reached over a move from Lille to Newcastle for Mathieu Debuchy

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Mactoon…well part of it is hes been force to play marv whos gives us a cutting edge in final third…

    I also think Bigi, anita, perch etc were really harrassing the arsenal (for 70 mins) and man utd midfield as thats the type of players they are.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Well last season the starting 11 nearly picked themselves each week and the starting line ups remained quite familiar, this season it’s been everything but.
    I’m not bashing Pardew btw, just thinking out loud.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #32

    With Simpson out for around a month that means he’ll walk away for free come the summer, bet Ashley will be spitting fire over that one

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Anyone know if anita is back tomorrow?

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  • JackButler

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Robby Bobson

    Not heard anything yet, but I hope so as we need him

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  • Dagwoodz

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #35

    @33 Reports are speculating that he very well might be, but I personally will wait to see the team sheet before I say whether he is or not.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Was a real second blow at OT seeing Anita going off right near the end of the match, hope he is fighting fit again for tomorrow.
    Obertan seems to have improved recently but still see him as an impact sub atm.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Hmm be interesting to see if he lines up at right back or midfield…perchys heading could be needed in the centre with anitas pace against baines. We certainly looked better when they swapped to that at goodison.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Think we could see Santon at Right back with Perch in the middle and Fergie on the left with Anita in midfield

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Ameobi played at arsenal. So we have seen him since the qpr game.

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  • Dagwoodz

    Jan 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #40

    If that’s what they go for JackButler, Perch and co. should make sure they’re careful to track back when Fergie goes forward as he’s apt to do. He doesn’t track back too terribly well yet.

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