32-year-old Shola Ameobi’s contract is up at Newcastle in the summer, and he will already have been told by the club that it will not extended, so after thirteen years playing in the Newcastle first team, Shola has told the Shields Gazette today that it will be a sad moment when he leaves his home town club.
Shola Ameobi - in Nigeria’s colors
But Shola should have a last hurrah in the summer, as he is likely to be included in Nigeria’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil and they are also a decent side and could have a good run in the World Cup.
It will be Ameobi’s first ever appearance in the World Cup, and he currently has five caps and two goals for the country of his birth.
This is what Shola told the Gazette:
“After the summer, my future is unclear.” “Basically, I’ll do what I’ve always done. Like I’ve always said, I’ve never taken playing for Newcastle for granted – every time I step on that pitch, I relish it.”
“When it does finally end, it’ll be a sad moment, but at the moment my focus is trying to help this club.” “That’s what I’ve always tried to do, and that will never change.”
Ameobi has been a bit player for Newcastle this season, although he’s still managed to make 20 appearances with one goal, but they have mainly been substitute appearances.
And there has been news he may even move to Chinese club Guangzhou R&F in the summer, and the club is managed by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Shola has played 388 times for Newcastle in his career with 77 goals, and he made his debut for the club back in 2000, in a home game against Chelsea (we drew 0-0), when the great Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club.
Alan Shearer was out injured for most of that season, and Shola played 22 times (14 starts) with two goals in his first season as a 19 year-old.
Shola has his critics among the fans, and never quite managed to meet his potential, and for many he just didn’t score enough goals to be a top striker.
But wherever Shola goes we wish him all the success in the world, and we think he’ll be back at Newcastle in a coaching role at some point in the future.
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