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Ameobi wants Nigeria call-up

Posted: 20 November 2009 Time: 10:07

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is hoping to be considered by Nigeria selectors for next year's two major tournaments; the African Nations Cup and World Cup.

Ameobi, who has represented England at cadet level, has previously been sounded out by Nigeria in the past, but turned down the opportunities as he held out for an England place.

"It was a great honour for me to represent England at Under-21 level and my mum and dad were so proud of me.

"But they would love to see me play for Nigeria. I see myself as Nigerian; I was born and bred there."

Now 28, and with no hope of putting on a Three Lions strip in the immediate future, Ameobi has turned to the country of his birth, after seeing the Super Eagles grind out a World Cup ticket.

"It’s not about changing allegiances. I’ve got Nigerian roots and I’m proud of my country, the country where I was born and spent the first five or six years of my life.

"Playing at the World Cup is the pinnacle of any player’s career. It’s what you dream of and if I can do that with Nigeria then that would be fantastic for me.

"They have been in touch before to see whether I was interested. In the past, I chose not to so I could concentrate on helping Newcastle.

"But I have reached a stage in my career where I would love to play international football and realistically it’s not going to happen with England.

"As I say, Nigeria is the country of my birth and if the coach is open to it then it’s something I would love to do, at the African Nations Cup and the World Cup."

Ameobi says he has already discussed the idea with his former team-mate Obafemi Martins whose goals helped Nigeria clinch their World Cup place at the weekend.

"We have talked about it and I would like to think that maybe I could add something to the team and help my country," said Ameobi.

"2010 is a big year for Nigeria. The African Nation Cup is the same for us as the European Championships is in Europe. It’s a tournament I would love to play in."

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:20 am
Shola, A big NO can do!
U reckon Nigeria is a country where people who come in to reap where they did not sow! No, things are changing especially with the likes of Billion, Ken Ghadaffi, urs truly, etc well and as eloquent as ever. Again, NO can do!

Frank (original)
posted: 10:23 am
U do well..,it`s now u realise that u are a nigerian?..You must be a joker..!.Denis Aogo will follow suit in the next few weeks,then ,then Onuoha..,then .....!.Talking of reaping where u did not sow!!!
posted: 10:25 am
Ameobi or amoeba....or what ever you call yourself....go fuck yourself,nigeria dont need you....where were you when we were going through the qualifiers? that the bed is laid,u want to come sleep on it...shame on you man..England dumped you,now you come running to re not welcome period....shikina...
posted: 10:29 am
Wonders shall never end. Shola has suddenly noticed that he is from Nigeria because there is no place for him in the three lions team, maybe one day Gabriel Agbonlaho would remember his root.

but Sorry Shola NO VACANCY we had enough already. Try next time!
posted: 10:30 am
when people done work cook food nahim you no say you won come eat.

we don't need you SE need Central defenders now.

1 love 9ja.
posted: 10:34 am
what rubbish!!! are u with ur senses???? never!! never !!! aND never!!!! oh so na now u de consider playing for naija u no de form again bcos u know say u no fit make capello squad again and naija don qualify.. rubbish!!! u come de even yarn as if say u be one kind world class player wey naija really need now upon say u de crappy newcastle in crappy english second divison...nonsense!!! bug off joo and 4get about it coz its 2 late...if i were the nigerian coach i would even play Stanley Okoro despite his selfishness ahead of 4 naija pool of attackers who u want mek dem commot put u eh? is it ik uche or osaze or ogbuke or martins or even lazy yakubu ???? tell me who? better go and jam ur head on d wall in shame for not positively responding to naija when a green leaf was offered to u england has used and dumped u coz u will never be invited!!! u will soon retire with a poor CV - played 4 a useless club for an entire career without any international football experience. shame!!!
i hope this will sound as a warning 2 peeps like agbolanhor - he'd better rethink now that he's at least still on form and naija z still courting him otherwise he'll end up like dis ameobi charlatan as nobody will look at him when he's old...
posted: 10:36 am
lol. It's rididculous to want to play for Nigeria after Nigeria qualified for the world cup.
posted: 10:37 am
posted: 10:38 am
Ameobi, you cannot reap where you did not sow! So remain in England and wish for a call for the RED LIONS, which I think might not come your way in this generation. There is not place for you in the SE, OK!
posted: 10:38 am
Shola! Shola!! Shola!!! How many times have I called you? You can never play for Nigeria. Where were you when we needed you? Go back and concentrate for Newcastle. We don't need you!

Is it now that you're remembering that Nigeria is the country of your birth? Why do you want to reap from where you didn't sow? Is it Osaze Odenwingie that you want us to drop or Obinna Nsofor that you want to miss the world cup so that you can join the party?

You should be ashamed of yourself to want to play for Nigeria. I'm leading a no to Shola Ameobi campaign from today.
posted: 10:44 am
what is this dude talking about? so because you ve found out that you aint gonna make it into England you now turn to Nigeria? You can't eat your cake and still ve it bro. you were called before but you said NO so now we are gonna say same thing to you my brother.Besides i do not think you really have something to add to nigerian game now based on your latest form in the game.
posted: 10:46 am
what is all the history for?ameobi, who discovered river niger?can you help me out.
Steve o
posted: 10:51 am
Oooh! I never knew this guy is as stupid as that,even if he plays for barca or R.Madrid the probability of him playing4 naija is 0% talk more of a player from nation wide division,its a pity shola,u have lost ur identity,i sugest u go to either Niger or Togo and see if u can bribe their coach to play4 them.ONE LOVE
posted: 10:52 am
@garvey,ridiculous you say indded lol.more than ridiculous i say.pls,collin udoh im waiting for angola fixtures anxiously.
posted: 10:52 am
posted: 10:52 am
hey guys, is this man dreaming? can somebody tell me what is his problem? did u think super Eagle is "28yrs 2nd division footballers team" huh? anyways we welcome to join the fan not the Eagles. kudos playing for England Under 21, but that is your hell lots of business for nobody cares

be a Jesus Guy
my regards from madrid guys
posted: 10:53 am
Thats too hard, but atleat you can be called up for friendlies,then u move from there, but i seriously think you came in at the very wrong time.
posted: 10:55 am
u ve past ur sellout date..we dont need u anymore.

U betrayed us,go to ur first love.
Kola wole
posted: 11:00 am
KON why have yo chosen to insult our colective intellect by featuring this story?

This sily,two left legged dude had the glorios opportunity of building an international career with Nigeria when Keshi called him up for the U-21 AYC in Ethiopia,alongside christian obodo & co, but he arrogantly gave us a cold shoulder.
Now that his adopted motherland has given him the John Fashanu treatment he wants a 9ja call up...

posted: 11:04 am
this guy is a traitor,i dont think he would have changed his mind if we didnt qualify,if he had made it with the england team and faced nigeria he would have scored against us.He is just desprate for world cup
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