Shola Ameobi started as the number 9 for Nigeria in the game in South Africa last night at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, for his second full cap, and Shola played the first half in Nigeria’s 2-0 win.
Shola Ameobi – played 45 minutes for Nigeria last night
But both Nigeria’s goals cam in the second half, courtesy of Kalu Uche, who replaced Shola at half time, and it seems Nigeria were fairly comfortable winners.
But Ameobi starting does seem to suggest Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi has confidence in the experienced Newcastle striker, and he has a decent chance of making the Nigerian squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
And potential Newcastle striker target Brown Ideye came on for Nigeria after 78 minutes.
France drew in Belgium 0-0 and both Newcastle players Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko were unused substitutes, while Newcastle defensive target Toby Alderweireld played the whole game for Belgium.
Fabricio Coloccini got a run out in the second half in Argentina’s 2-1 win in Italy last night, when he came on as a sub after 72 minutes.
The match was at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, and the first meeting between the two countries for 12 years, and was in honor of Pope Francis, a Buenos Aires native and a big supporter of San Lorenzo.
Shane Ferguson is on loan at Birmingham City for the seoasn, and played the whole game as Northern Ireland beat Russia 1-0 at Windsor Park, in a World Cup Group F qualifying game,
Paterson scored the only goal of the game after 43 minutes, to give Fabio Capello’s team a shock defeat, but Russia are still seocnd top of Group F and just 2 points behind Portugal with a game in hand.
And Sammy Ameobi played for the England U21 side on Tuesday night for his 3rd cap, in their 6-0 crushing of Scotland, and when Sammy came on after an hour.
And Sammy looked very impressive down the left wing for England, in front of England manager Roy Hodgson, and the Geordie showed skills galore.
That performance should see Sammy get some playing time next Monday night at the Etihad Stadium.
As far as we know, there were no injuries picked up by any Newcastle players.
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