Shola Ameobi scored to help Newcastle edge past Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Posted: 23 December 2012 Time: 08:41
Shola Ameobi has boosted his chance of making Stephen Keshi's final Nations Cup squad after scoring to help Newcastle edge past Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Ameobi came on as a substitute for Papiss Cisse in the 61st minute of the game with the scores still level and despite missing an earlier chance to put Newcastle ahead, the 31-year-old eventually put the hosts in front after he connected well with a pass from Sylvain Marveaux before cutting inside and curling an unstoppable shot to score the only goal of the game.
The goal was Ameobi's third for the season, with the other two goals coming in the Europa League against Bordeaux and Club Brugge respectively.
Ameobi impressed in his international debut against Venezuela in Miami, where he came off the bench to create a goal for Ogenyi Onazi and has subsequently been named in coach Stephen keshi's provisional Nation's Cup squad.
Keshi recently extolled the dedication and maturity of the Newcastle man saying:
"Ameobi came into the fold as if he has been in the national team for the past ten years,”
“He's got a lot of experience. His communication level has been outstanding. In the Venezuela match he was motivating the other players even when he was on the bench. Ameobi is awesome,” Keshi said.