On thing that will be spurring Shola Ameobi on this season in the Newcastle side is the World Cup in Brazil next summer, and he has a very good chance of making it in the Nigerian squad, and it will be a dream come true for the 31 year-old, who was born in Zaria, Nigeria back in 1981.
Shola Ameobi – great chance to make finals of the World Cup
On Saturday, Nigeria beat Malawi 2-0 with goals from Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moseseihter side of half time, to win their Group F with 12 points from the six games, and 5 points ahead of Malawi.
Shola got on in the 84th minute for goalscorer Emenike and he certainly seems to like playing for the country of his birth, as he had this to say on supersport.com after the game:
“It is a thing of joy and honor. I want to thank the coach for giving me the opportunity of helping the Super Eagles. We have a good squad of players here,” “We cannot start thinking too far ahead. We just have to wait and see who we will play.”
It was the first time Shola had played in a competitive game for Nigeria, and it was his 3rd cap last night at the UJ Esuene Stadium .
Now the 10 group winners from Round 2 will be paired and play home-and-away ties, with the games likely to be played between the 11th and 15rh October, and the 15th to 19th November. The draw has not yet been made, but the five winners their respective ties will qualify for the finals of the World Cup in Brazil.
It’s great that Shola could get a chance to play in a World Cup, and certainly the possibility of playing is spurring him on this season, an we hope for two things – that he can stay fit, and that he can score some goals for Newcastle.
That should help.
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