The Latest On The Shola Ameobi Stand-Off

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) yesterday threatened to report both Newcastle United and Milwall to FIFA, because they will not release their players – Shola Ameobi and Danny Shittu respectively – to play in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to take place in South Africa later this month.

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Shola Ameobi – will he be grounded?

Nigeria have invited both players to join them to take part in the AFCON tournament, but neither player is being allowed to participate by their clubs.

The Chairman of their Technical Committee, Chris Green, said the players have to report by January 5th to the Nigerian training camp, which means Shola would not be able to play at Brighton – if he joins them:

“Now, for Danny Shittu and Shola Ameobi, as far as we are concerned, we do not want that matter to distract us because the coach is ready to work without the players.” “But again, the football federation shall consider such attitude as quite unwholesome on the part of the players as well as their clubs because as it appears, it’s the clubs that are pushing for these players not to honor the invitation to play for their country.

“So, of course, we are going to take the matter to FIFA; we are going to write appropriately; we are not going to lie low because, at least, let’s do what is right, that we should not be taken for granted.” “After all, these players were found in Nigeria, these players are from Nigeria and they also desire to play for Nigeria.”

“So, what is the problem? Why would they have to stop them, using underarm tricks to stop them. That will not be right.”

The problem is that this is the third AFCON tournament in four years,  and it occurs slap bang in the middle of the European Football season, and clubs have to give up some of their players for up to six weeks.

But Green also said that both clubs have communicated with the Nigerian Football Federation over the fact that their players will not be arriving.

It seems a risk that Newcastle are taking, and it’s very likely the FA will not allow Shola to play for Newcastle during the time Nigeria are engaged in the AFCON in South Africa – but Newcastle may think that it’s better that Shola stays  in Newcastle, even though he probably cannot play for the side.

And then there’s a chance that Newcastle will simply accept the fact that Shola goes off to play for Nigeria, and travels maybe after tonight’s game against Everton, although the 31 year-old hasn’t played for Newcastle in the last couple of games, since he scored that great winner against QPR in our last home game.

The AFCON competition takes place between January 19th and February 10th.

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34 comments so far

  • Kyo

    Jan 2, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #1


  • 5Danny94

    Jan 2, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, didn’t Shola come on as a sub in both the Man Utd and Arsenal games?

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 2, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Gotta love the mackem slayer!

  • Fostino

    Jan 2, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #4

    i aggree…let him go

    you would be raging i suppose if your paying his wages. whats the AFC doing having it 2 yrs in a row….what a joke

  • toonLYF

    Jan 2, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #5

    our best 11 fr tomorrow IMO, although i doubt it’s what Pardew will go for.






    Sammy Am
    Shola Am

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jan 2, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #6

    I think it would be a disgrace to prevent a player playing for their (albeit somewhat adopted) country.

    Clubs can’t just decide they are more important.

  • Kyo

    Jan 2, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #7

    We are a disgrace to be honest. I love Newcastle but blocking a player from going to Olympics and another player to AFCON is just disgraceful.

    I hope some day we stop being a disgrace.

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 2, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m on the club’s side with this one. AFCON is an important tournament for these players and all, but the African authorities took it upon themselves to switch the tournament years and just demanded that clubs roll with it. It’s been an absolute nuisance to everyone. There’s no guarantee we will sign a striker or that Ba will stay.

    Sorry NFF

  • JazzMag

    Jan 2, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Peter Reid’s got a monkeys heed!

  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 2, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #10

    We shouldn’t block him from going. Shola won;t have many opportunities again and it’s only 5 /6 games and that’s if Nigeria get to the final which i doubt. But, the tournament organizers are a joke as well. If they wanted to take the AFCON out of sync with the World Cup, they should’ve either had a 3 year break rather than on consecutive years, or done it every 4 years falling between world cups just as the Euros and Copa America are.


    Jan 2, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #11

    HNY. Anyone have any idea if the match vs Everton is on TV here in the US?


    Jan 2, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #12

    For all US Mags, it’s online.

    1/02 2:55 PM EST
    Newcastle vs. Everton (Live Only)

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 2, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Nice NUFCFAN76, though I usually just stream them from vipbox anyway 🙂

    But still, ESPN3 means HIGH DEFINITION!! 😀

  • chris_g

    Jan 2, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Comment #14

    I agree that we shouldn’t block Shola from going and, in any case, it looks like it would be a fairly pointless exercise because of the Fifa rule, which states:

    “A player who has been called up by his association for one of its representative teams is, unless otherwise agreed by the relevant association, not entitled to play for the club with which he is registered during the period for which he has been released or should have been released pursuant to the provisions of this annexe.

    This restriction on playing for the club shall, moreover, be prolonged by five days in the event that the player, for whatsoever reason, did not wish to or was unable to comply with the call-up”

    In this case it’s obvious that the ‘relevant association’ (ie Nigerian FA) aren’t going to be cooperative, so if Shola doesn’t go to Afcon we could expect him to be unavailable to us for an additional 5 days after the end of the period for which he should have been released. I assume that original period would have ended on 10th February (the date of the final), so on that basis he wouldn’t be allowed to play for us until the 15th Feb, which means that he’d miss the Europa Cup game against Metalist on the 14th.

    On the other hand, if he DID go to Afcon, and Nigeria didn’t get as far as the final (or the 3rd place play-off game) then their involvement in the tournament would have ended on or before the 6th Feb, which would mean that he’d be available for the game against Spurs on the 9th as well as the Europa game.

    In these circumstances I would have thought it made more sense to allow him to play in the tournament, so as to minimise the number of games that he misses for us.

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 2, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #15


    i want to call you an idiot impulsively, but in reality you are just ignorant, and grossly misinformed

    the AFCON takes place as often as it does because respective african FAs would fold without the income generated by the tournament.

    side with the club, but it is the wrong stance

  • Baro

    Jan 2, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Actually I’m in the states, too. I seen that Liverpool and Mackems are on the espn2 and espn3… But in not exactly sure

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 2, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #17


    congrats, name-calling just highlights your own ignorance.

    Question for you…If the African leagues have been able to operate off that revenue from biennial tournaments, what does it matter if they hold it consecutive years or wait two years LIKE USUAL??

    If these nations really depend on the tournament to prop up their is the least of their worries. ffs

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 2, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #18


    NUFCFAN76 was talking about ESPN3/ If your ISP supports it you can stream the game from there.

  • S-G

    Jan 2, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #19

    @5danny94 yep shola xam om for ba v maanure and bigi v the arse so i duno y ed thinks theres a problem

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Morning lads!

    Does anybody have any problems with how the webpage looks on their mobile devises lately?

    …for a week or so the blog have taken turn to the bad visualy and from a users point of view. Just wondered if anybody else was experiencing this (I am using an android smartphone)

  • PortsladeToon

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Apparently Debuchy has signed and will be unveiled at the game tonight, this is what’s been said on twitter (not cwarr07) anyone know if this is true? I have to admit Pardew seems very confident when he talks about Debuchy signing

  • jeff

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #22

    no but every time i view this webpage it goes to the cached view and i have to click the title again for it to go to the latest page

  • jeff

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #23

    also marv is leading assists in the premier league for us

  • ash1001

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #24

    How can the club try to block Shola and not Tiote, are they saying Tiote is not as important to the club as Shola is, personally as much as the club may not like it, they should both be allowed to go.
    If I was connected with the Nigerian FA, I would apply to FIFA for sanctions to put in place if Shola is not allowed to go. Its probably his last chance for centre stage billing. At the end of the day Shola is Nigerian.

    What a bunch on idiots we have running the club as far as man management is concerned, that includes on the field tactics as well.

  • TorqToon

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #25

    Morning gents. Woke up this morning hoping to see the yellow ticker bar flashing up with news about our beloved club. But nothing. 🙁

    I hear we are being linked with Peter Odemwingie this morning. Not a bad player and could compliment our front 3 very well but surely just paper talk? Thoughts??

  • TorqToon

    Jan 2, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #26

    As much as I like Shola – he signed a contract and AGREED to a clause preventing him from playing in AFCON. So I can see why the club are sticking to their guns and keeping the clause active and applying it. Why would Shola put a clause like that in (or agree to it!) in the first place?!

    Seeing Shola represent his country would be wonderful – but I refuse to moan about the club ‘not letting him go’ when Shola agreed to not attending in the first place?!

  • 5Danny94

    Jan 2, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #27

    Odemwingie’s 31 and he wouldnt fit in with our transfer policy.

    There are a fair few differences between Cheick and Shola. Cheick was already a fully fledged international when we signed him and Pardew anticipated losing him for six weeks. We have strength in his role with Perchinho, Bigi and Anita.

    Shola’s call-up was more unexpected. And if Demba leaves we’ll only have Cisse, who isnt fit enough to play 90 minutes most games, let alone fulfilbour FA Cup, Premier League and Europa League commitments. Pardew would have to push Campbell, which is something he seems unwilling to do.

  • ash1001

    Jan 2, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #28

    5Danny 94

    Or lets see whether Nile Ranger has turned potential into an end result.
    Know we cannot forget about his outside the football club activities but we can move on.

  • nick_9

    Jan 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Portslade – that would be a very timely boost and much needed.

    As for Shola the club don’t have a leg to stand on. Let him go and risk only having cisse left yet stop him from going and they apply for a ban for the duration of the competition anyway and wreck and future chances of playing. Idiot stance when he will get banned anyway.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 2, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Ash @23 totally agree with your post. The club have stated that Shola knows why he will not be attending -but all parties have deemed to keep the reason secret so far. I wonder what earth shattering secret needs to be kept quiet when it involves reasonings as to why a player will not be attending a competition. Clearly this type of secret needs to be kept from the entire world. From the little I have read -I think the only way he can “get out” of ACON is the withdraw his services to Nigeria ie retire from international football. We in reality can only speculate what the reasons are -and I, as others do can only think that is is all to do with the forward line for the rest of the season. If Ba goes -they want a target man to link up with Cisse – if he stays they want him as an impact sub. If Ba goes and it is their intention to play Shola and Cisse – together -I think this strategy needs to be re-thought. But having said all of the above it’s the Toon and god knows what will happen. Thinking back I cannot recall this type of incident being played out in the public arena at other clubs – we still seem to have the ability to cock up simple things. But who knows we may be buying another striker in the window.
    (Ref the contract clause – others have said it cannot be enforced and that international duties take precedence)

  • thespecialone-ameobi

    Jan 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #31

    Shola deserves to go. Not like he will ever get a chance like this again

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #32

    I think pantomime maybe a little too sophisticated for your tastes,I can see you more sitting on a beach,whooping ,cheering and dribbling onto your string vest as Punch knocks seven bells out of poor Judy.

  • gaz 44

    Jan 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #33

    the team for tonight is
    anita Williamson collo santon
    marv perch tiote
    Cisse ba obertan

  • Offkey

    Jan 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #34

    Seems strange, our club is being made foolish on a regular basis regarding internationals. First Cisse at the olympics, then Cisse with his bad back which the nation was apparently told about (but he got banned), now shola and the national side were apparently told about this as well but they came out and said they did not know (and a ban may occur).

    A farce……….


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