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 – 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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