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Ameobi Starts For Nigeria – Frenchmen On Bench

9:56 am, Thursday, August 15th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

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.

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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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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sydney Toon // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Toon73
    I’m in Western Sydney, Blacktown but work in Alexandria. What about you?

    JFA
    The juice is great you should try some :0) it may not be 20m in January but I think funds will be available if needed.

    What about making a move for Shane Long?

  • 2 ArtyH // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    This game just shows why the great Mackem slayer should be sold.

  • 3 Greebol1892 // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Hang on……. if the brothers grim are so bloody magnificent, what happens when they put on a Toon strip in the premiership?

    Both nowhere near good enough even for a place on our bench man, IMO……

    *groan*

  • 4 jordijohnty // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    was jk in france the same time as me? Has he actually done anything productive so far?

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    VVV Venlo striker Uche Nwofor actually scored both goals

    It was always planned before the game that he would make several changes at half time, including Shola, who he said was getting an introduction.

    It was a friendly type match, so him coming off has no relevance to his performance. I watched it, and he had a decent game.

  • 6 Mr Robson // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I think signing Nwofor would be a great signing. 20 years old, powerful with an eye for goal. Untested but could be worth the risk.

  • 7 John Tudor // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    invest 20 mill a year bullshit

  • 8 Spreadthetoon // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    So two days until the start of a new season, albeit we do not play until Monday.

    Most clubs have been spending bumper money, whilst NUFC hierarchy learn from their mistakes from previous windows! What a load of rubbish. MA has proven with his actions what a callous and ruthless businessman he is. He has no interest in the club. He would appear to be happy for us to finish 17th again…..

    It insults the Geordie public with the continued failed promises. Remy is a loan and not an actual signing…..and he’s injured! So basically we have not made any signings this transfer window. The owner shows “0″ ambition. Our squad is thinner now than it was at the end of the season….FACT.

    What a complete and utter disgrace. JFK’s on the gravy train…..what has this joke actually achieved…..

    What real lessons has anyone at this club really taken on board! Absolutely nothing.

  • 9 John Tudor // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    the squad is plenty good enough,ashley knows that it is the dross that pardew sets them up to play
    we are not world beaters only ffin carpet beaters

  • 10 JaxtheMag // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    super shola. on transfers mayb jk thinks if we don’t win any of our 1st 3 games pardew will be sacked then he will have 2 days after Fulham game to bring players in.

  • 11 Ben3arfa // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Kinnear deserves to be run over by a bus – slow muppet

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    So Bent is apparantly having a medical at Fulham

    Another confirmed target gone, admittedly not an overly exciting target, but a target none the less, which begs the question what targets do we have left now that PEA Bent and Gomis are no longer on the table

  • 13 jettson1971 // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Club is owned and run by INCOMPETENT baffoons!!
    Only us fans suffer, time and again!!
    ‘over the line’?? how can every other club manage to close deals?
    We are in for a torrid time, managed by a clueless full of himself idiot!!

  • 14 Noah Another Ameobi // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    am i the only person who thinks that sammy should get 20 minutes at the end of the game as he has played ok in pre season and got some assists

  • 15 Bearsize // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Nah mate. He needs to do a lot more. Showing some skills against a poor scotland side when they are already winning shows nothing. He needs to do it in the prem consistently. Needs to really knuckle down this season then who knows

  • 16 JaxtheMag // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    14. are you the real Sammy. he is not a prem league player.

  • 17 HullMag6 // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    But would we really want a ex mackem at the club?

    I’d say nwoffor is worth a punt as a squad player initially but we’d still need Gomis or a n other high profile striker option. Or Rhodes or Ricky Lambert/Dzeko type forward.

  • 18 Munster Mag // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Jettson, they close deals because they offer fair money, fair salaries, and probably send a professional to do the deal. Its not that complex I’m afraid.

  • 19 runheed // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Ashley…..an empty vessel. Rich and nothing else.

  • 20 SeanNufc87 // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Charlie at gallowgate

    In response to a few threads back, 7th highest chances created in the league, im not sure if thats goal scoring opportunities created or just based on shots alone.

    Somebody posted a link to the site a few weeks ago, I imagine if you search google you will find it.

  • 21 check the toastie // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Good deals by Hull Livermore and Huddlestone, it gives them some power and ability in the middle of the park, both better than Jonas and an off form Tiote.

    Just Great eh.. Hull are more ambitious.

  • 22 SeanNufc87 // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Noah

    No, I think he deserves a run out in jonas absence, the kids got undeniable skill on the ball, think most on here would have him judged on his second name rather than merit.

  • 23 Munster Mag // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    At the start of the summer I said I would be surprised if we signed two players, following Ashleys frantic activity in January to save the club from relegation. What a mess. Isnt it interesting that almost all of the Ashley defenders and Pardew fans have vacated the premises. Even Billson, fair play to him, is wavering. What kills me, is that we are not asking for much, and Ashley could be a very good owner with a little more effort. As for Pardew, I lost faith in him around the Brighton game and have seen little since then to change my mind. Remember as I said before, when you next meet a Swansea fan, buy him a pint. If it wasn’t for them, we’d be in the division below…..

  • 24 SeanNufc87 // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Check

    Is that loans I assume? Your right its great business for them.

  • 25 thai-mag // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    I hope Remy is back before his court case, then he will be fit for when he gets he gets banged up,

  • 26 Raffo // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I think we are all agreed that Debs and Santoon are more attack minded than defense minded. In that, why not utilise it but playing them as wing backs. They could provide alot more width and crossing.

    —————————-Krul
    ————-Saylor/Alder-Collo-MYM
    Debuchy–Sissoko–Tiote–Cabaye–Santoon
    —————————-HBA
    —————Gouffran/Remy/Cisse

  • 27 jimmysmith // Aug 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Shola is the shit. Anyone who thinks otherwise can suck my big……hey, hey, that’ll be enough oft hat.




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