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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.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:07 am
Very good, Keshi you are on the right track, I like the way you respond to the press with your intelligent answers. I prefer Kalu Uche to Uche Kalu , but i am not the coach and so is millions of other Nigerians, do what you feel is best, Follow your mind all times and I believe we could just claim these nations cup, Please Nigerians need these.
posted: 10:25 am
The Super eagles are coming to town, I cant wait ,I am in a festive mood, oh how many days now is the countdown,Oh Ken Gadaffi were are you. Forumites its time we stop bringing up Fantasy Team on here and comparing who is better to who, no time for that one again,that is past, we cant do any about it, now we should be arguing about Formations Keshi should be using or tactics. Please lets move forward, Thank You
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