Shola Ameobi will miss the game at Norwich on Saturday for his rather silly sending off on Saturday, which only made things a lot worse for Newcastle, since we have only one experienced striker available for the game at Norwich City – Papiss Cisse.
Shola Ameobi – will not be grounded by Nigerian FF
Demba Ba has quickly left for more money, and we only had three strikers to start with – even though we tried to bring in another one last summer – but failed.
And the good news (at least for Newcastle) is that Shola was not selected for the Nigeriam squad for the African Cup of Nations, and that was after Alan Pardew had said Shola would not be going to play in South Africa.
We were concerned about him being banned from playing for Newcastle druing the AFCON, but the Nigerian Football Federation are not going to bother reporting us to FIFA.
The Nigerian authorities said that Ameobi had refused to answer their calls over the last week, and that’s probably because Alan Pardew told him not to answer the calls, so it’s just a little surprising to us the Nigerien FF are not going to do anything.
This is the statement they put out:
“We will not be appealing to FIFA to stop Ameobi from playing for Newcastle.” “There are more important issues than Ameobi. We have players that can do well at the Nations Cup and we will not speak about a player that is not in the team.”
We suppose it could have been a lot worse – so that’s at least some good news – and we can do with some of that right now.
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