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.
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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