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.