Ivory Coast Beaten By Nigeria – Cheick Tiote On His Way Home


Cheick Tiote will be on his way home from South Africa after the Ivory Coast – the favorites – were beaten 2-1 by Nigeria in the quarter finals of the African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) in Rustenburg, South Africa today.

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Cheick Tiote and Emamnuel Emanike clash today as Nigeria win 2-1

Emmanuel Emenike gave Nigeria the lead after 43 minutes with a long range shot that was badly mishandled by the Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry, and that put Nigeria 1-0 up at the half.

And then Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote equalized for the Ivory Coast after 50 minutes, with a good header from a Didier Drogba free-kick, but then Sunday Mba hit the winner 12 minutes from time, with a shot again from outside the penalty area, to give Nigeria a famous win.

Nigeria now advance to the semi-finals of the competition for the sixth time in the eight tournaments they have played in, and they will now play Mali, who eliminated the hosts South Africa on penalties yesterday in Durban.

So Cheick Tiote will be on his way home, where he will find increased competition in the central midfield, with five Frenchmen signed last month to solidify the Newcastle squad.

Newcastle may even do well in the Europa League against Metalist Kharkiv of the Ukraine – when you consider “reserves” like Steve Harper (Rob Elliot), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote (?), Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan and Shola Ameobi could all be playing.

There’s a thought. 😀

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378 comments so far

  • toonLYF

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #1

    I see, cheers for clearing that up lads.

    It’s a tough one but i think i’d go for Debuchy. Whilst M’biwa isn’t getting the game time in the PL and could therefore do with playing part in Europe, Debuchy is our only RB of real quality and i really think we have a chance of progressing in the tournament and making the Quarter finals at least – and at that point, anything could happen! What happens if we got to the final and were stuck with playing Simmo at RB against Athletico Madrid or something?

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #2

    We’ve got a very tough game next against Kharkiv. They have 6 brazilians and 7 argentinians in their squad. We might be in for a shock.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Defoe and Adebayor both out of the spuds game who’ll they use against us?
    They should be there for the taking but they have of course dangerous players throughout the team but then again we also have quality throughout now

    http://www.footballorgin.com/2013/02/premier-league-fulham-v-manchester.html?m=1

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  • yo-yo

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Dare to dream guys.
    We get past Metallica
    We win 5 or 6 in our next 6 or 7 EPL matches.
    Now that is the kind of form we could easily get into – bet the dressing rooms buzzing and confidence males a huge difference.

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #6

    i would pick mbiwa over debuchy, as it seems he will be getting less pl game time, we have simpson then anita and perch who can all do a job at rb. after our first choice colo and taylor there is only *gulp* willo apart from mbiwa

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #7

    I suppose it depends on the player as much as the club, if he’s not happy in his role he may well want to move on, personally dont think he deserved to be dropped his technical ability more than compensates for his lack of hieght especially given how much cabaye and sissoko rotated roles in the chelsea game, if anything although as solid performance, perch perhaps limited us a bit see no reason why cabaye sissoko and anita cant play in the same midfield tbh aolt of teams lack hieght in midfield, like arsenal, so they simply press teams higher smother them and retain possesion on the deck cant see why we cant do the same, cabs sissoko and anita are great technical players i think they would be one of the best midfields in the league

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #8

    JFA
    I suppose it depends on the player as much as the club, if he’s not happy in his role he may well want to move on, personally dont think he deserved to be dropped his technical ability more than compensates for his lack of hieght especially given how much cabaye and sissoko rotated roles in the chelsea game, if anything although as solid performance, perch perhaps limited us a bit see no reason why cabaye sissoko and anita cant play in the same midfield tbh aolt of teams lack hieght in midfield, like arsenal, so they simply press teams higher smother them and retain possesion on the deck cant see why we cant do the same, cabs sissoko and anita are great technical players i think they would be one of the best midfields in the league

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Spurs will be forced to play Dempsey upfront by himself (he is shocking up there alone!)

    In with a chance here i think.

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  • obatoyou

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Metallicas car keys probly be a little easier than anzhi in the following round who been buyin players for 30 mil!

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  • Lu-toon

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Tds

    Add Tiotte at his destructive best, with Ben Arfa and Marveux out wide then I think it would be the best midfield in the league.

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  • northernirishtoon

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Yo-yo hit the nail on the head mate

    Results breed confidence and the last two games will have went a long way in terms of that

    A win against spurs next week which I believe we can do (easily lol) and this team will be hard to stop

    Games then against mentalist, Southampton, Swansea, stoke and Wigan

    This could be an 8 game unbeaten run

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #13

    If we play the right team, we’ve got a good chance of getting a result against Spurs. Put it this way, it won’t be 5-0 again. Sissoko is a cross between Yaya Toure and Steven Gerrard. It’s worth paying to see players of his calibre.

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #14

    the spurs game will be HUGE in determining our form going into metalist southampton swansea stoke wigan

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Disagree with all the “we can’t risk anyone getting injured in the Europa League”.

    Seeing as the team will be traveling over to Eastern Europe, they all have to travel else there anyway.

    Those players worked bloody hard last year to get us into Europe, and now we want to pee all over it by not playing them in it?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Northernirishtoon
    Aye soz mate was just talking about the last couple of games to be honest in reference to anita
    But yeah add in tiote and its a great CM think pardew is going to have to rotate to keep them all happy!

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  • tequilamag

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Kets we all know you love a list but are you aware we already have 14 overseas players and we are only allowed 17 in the squad. You may want to be a bit more selective or at least pick a few British players.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #18

    TDS
    Always had a feeling if we got out if the group stages we’d see mire of the senior squad in europa, think once we were through the club took the comp a bit more seriously

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  • northernirishtoon

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Toonarmydownsouth

    It’s a great problem to have.

    The fact that we all have so many different versions of our midfield shows the quality we have to choose from

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #20

    i think a lot of ashley delaying transfers till jan was for two reasons

    a) testing the waters to see if our current squad would cope; he has not experienced europe before and like any of us wouldnt want to spend if not necessary

    b) seeing how far we progressed- if we got knocked out we may not have had the volume of players we did bring in

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Realy not sure who’s going to play up top in Europe, maybe he’ll rotate Goufran and Cisse with Shola depending on the opposition defence, although preferably I’d have liked to see Campbell go out on loan but hopefully he can get some game time in Europe.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Gouffran played against us for bordeaux I doubt hes eligible

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #23

    looks like shola ameobi for europe

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  • geordie1892

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Seen a few euro team sheets with Gouffran in the squad. Isn’t he cup tied?

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  • Mancgeordie

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Reckon he will go with the same side at spurs and a fairly strong side 1st leg probably play tiote and ben arfa though to give them a game then depending on the result at home make a few changes for the 2nd leg over there

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  • Twatter

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #26

    I wouldn’t put Tiote right back into the team, although I doubt he’ll be on the bench for Spurs anyway, they’ll probably want to rest him or whatever it is that they do.

    Maybe he can play against Metalist though, don’t think he should be anywhere near our first team on his form for us before the ACON. Perch has been streets ahead of him.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Shola up front against Metallist = Out of Europe.

    I really really hope Pardew doesn’t, but he does seem to see something in Shola that no other man on earth does.

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  • Lu-toon

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Toonarmydowndouth / northernirish toon

    And to think of the options we have in cm, we also have exiting options with Santon being able to play as an attacking wide player, Ben Arfa or Marveux both being capable of playing that free role if and when required as well as out wide.

    Our options now are actually quite incredible.

    I pray that this turns out to be one hell of an exciting time as it looks to be

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Alan,
    We can only surmise as to the reason, but what ever it was it was a huge gamble that backfired spectacularly, such a pity that the money spent on saving us from relegation wasn’t spent a bit earlier as I believe we’d be competing with Spurs, Arsenal and possibly Everton for that fourth spot.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #30

    TDS,
    What other options does he have ?

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  • Bloater

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #31

    I personally wouldn’t put Tiote in team at present. He is out of form and gives too many free kicks away. Have to say he also slows play down at times, which can be useful at times, but first half Villa and yesterday we worked well with pace.

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  • andym

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #32

    not too sure what most people know about mbiwa but i can assure you all he wont be playing 2nd fiddle to staylor for too long our strongest cb partnership is without a doubt collo and mbiwa. we now have 3 cb of real quality tho….

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  • outsidethebox

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #33

    i would imagine defoe will play against us ..out for england game does not mean out for toon game …he will not play for england as a precaution…ameobi is nailed on for euro game as gooofy only other striker apart from cisse…cannot see sissoko cabaye or ben arfa being risked

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #34

    campbell for europa anyone?

    big possibility!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #35

    JfA

    Cisse – that’s his only option. Give Gouffran a go in the league, he’s been playing CF for Bordeaux for years now, and his off-the-shoulder play is superb.

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  • JTOONJ

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Hope togo win! then adebayor stays in africa!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #37

    There’s no decent british player available on the cheap. The only one’s that I’d like us to sign are Walcott and possibly Wayne Rooney. Think we’ll raid the dutch league in the summer and bag Toby A, Douglas, Sulejmani and maybe Wilfried Bony.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #38

    What’s the point in getting into Europe – which we were all so over the moon about last season – if we’re just going to throw it away?

    Really, why is there such a huge “risk” in playing players in Europe? How often do payers actually get injured? Most of them one or two times a season. Playing a couple of extra games should not be a problem.

    Barcelona have been playing about 15 different players for 4 years straight now, and they’re all OK!

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #39

    points to AC then if it’s british we are after, looked a handful again in his return

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  • JTOONJ

    Feb 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Ameobi up front against metalist is a good idea, foreign teams aren’t used to defending against a big strong traditional centre forward!

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