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Newcastle to fight Nigeria for Ameobi

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew unhappy with Shola Ameobi call-up

Posted: 9 November 2012 Time: 9:15 am

Newcastle are unhappy with the prospect of losing the services of recently called-up Nigerian striker Shola Ameobi for the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February next year.

The Zaria-born former England youth international is close to earning his first cap for Nigeria after being called up to the Super Eagles fold by coach Stephen Keshi for the upcoming friendly against Venezuela in Miami.

However, a club-vs-country battle appears to be looming as Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is reported to be planning ‘discussions’ with the 31-year-old.

Pardew is unwilling to allow Ameobi make the long trip to America and is hoping to convince the player not to accept the invitation to feature in the friendly.

Ameobi was first called up to play for Nigeria early last year, but had to withdraw after breaking a cheekbone in a Premier League match.

Article by: Uche George Egbe

Previous comments on this story...

blackpanther187
posted: 09:23 am
Ahhh no I think this are speculations. Its a normal FIFA Friendly-Date. If Ameobi doesnt want to... than thats another thing but Newcastle must let all their nationalplayers leave... No I think the article is nonesense. I hope so.

Ahhh noo way they will have Dembe Ba and Cisse during the Nations-Cup.
Moriski..
posted: 09:38 am
The Newcastle mustnd come with that nonsense..Thy must give players chance to represent they countries. Beside is not like Ameobi is scoring weekin weekout..
malambula.madida
posted: 10:58 am
Its high time European Teams start to respect African Football. Simple.
Anonymous
posted: 11:35 am
Haba Judge, from where did you get this news on a FIFA free day? This the reason why people are talking about your unprofessional reporting.
Anonymous
posted: 11:37 am
Haba !! George, from where did you get this news on a FIFA free day? This the reason why people are talking about your unprofessional reporting.
sammy ETO'ONAIL
posted: 12:48 pm
The British treat international football with so much disdain and then wonder why they lose world cup bids. Pardew, like a lot of people in the UK, has this tendency to think African football is bush football.
stanslinks
posted: 09:06 pm
Not all news are exactly what it seems, this may be one of those.
Anonymous
posted: 03:07 am
This must be true. Not long ago, it was reported in the British media that Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew wanted Stopped Demba Ba ANd Papisse Cisse from representing Senegal in the Olympics. Then there was another story that Pardew wanted Senegal to lose to Ivory Coast so he won't lose his two strikers to Afcon duties in SOuth AFrica.

Newcastle cannot stop Shola from playing on a Fifa approved day for Nigeria. If they attempt, NFF can report them to Fifa. But Nigerians are not crazy about Amoebi. With Emenike, Ideye, Martins and Ike Uche available for Afcon, who will miss Amoebi. Slyman
Anonymous
posted: 04:29 pm
There's a time this guy was really hot...that time he turned Nigeria down. Just checking if I'm the only person who think his invitation is a distraction. He's past it at 31. We shld be building for the future n focusing on a young n willing team for Rio. Shola's invite... a NO for me unfortunately just an exercise in waste bin. Mr Pardew can actually get his wish n I so wish he does!!!
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 08:12 am


"There's a time this guy was really hot...that time he turned Nigeria down. Just checking if I'm the only person who think his invitation is a distraction. He's past it at 31. We shld be building for the future n focusing on a young n willing team for Rio. Shola's invite... a NO for me unfortunately just an exercise in waste bin. Mr Pardew can actually get his wish n I so wish he does!!!" --- Anonymous.


You are right on target my bru. Ameobi's invitation at this time is a colossal distraction. We MUST forbid it.

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