It’s looking like Alan Pardew and Newcastle will have Shola Ameobi at Newcastle over the next six weeks after the 31 year-old Newcastle striker was omitted from the final Nigerian squad for the African Cup of Nations to take place in South Africa.
Shola Ameobi – has one sub appearance for Nigeria in November in Miami
The Newcastle manager has insisted all along that Shola would not go to South Africa, but that has been met with threats from the Nigerian Football Federation to take the case to FIFA, and there’s still a chance that could happen, with Nigeria’s media officer saying that Nigeria’s Football Federation are considering their next move.
Nigeria’s media officer Ben Alaiya has this to say about the situation:
“Shola’s refusal to answer calls gave Keshi no other option than to allow him to concentrate on his club.” “The coach and team secretary made several attempts to reach Shola but there was no answer. A call back never came.” “A decision on the next move will be made at the appropriate time.”
We wouldn’t put it past the Nigerian Football Federation to report Newcastle to FIFA for the events of the last couple of weeks.
But we’ll have to wait and see, but reports that Newcastle are now home and free on the Shola Ameobi affair are probably premature at best.
Cheick Tiote has probably played his last game for Newcastle for up to seven weeks, as he will travel later this week to join up with the Ivory Coast squad later this week, and will likely miss the FA Cup third round tie at Brighton on Saturday.
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