Saturday, July 13, 2013

Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi free to play for Nigeria again

In a recent interview with BBC Sports, Super Eagles head Coach Stephen Keshi has admittedly revealed that Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is now available to play for Nigeria, Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has told BBC Sport. The 31-year-old striker has played only once for the Super Eagles, in a 3-1 friendly win over Venezuela in Miami, Florida in November 2012. Source:here

The former England under-21 international was exceptional in the game and even set up the third goal in the game, however, all efforts to get Ameobi on the Super Eagle’s roaster since his first appearance failed till now due to club interference.
Keshi revealed that a clause in the striker’s club contract which prevented him from playing at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations has been removed.
“He’s been dealing with this for a while and I’m happy it [the clause] has been removed,” Keshi said.
“Just as we were giving up on him, he called to give us the good news.”

According to a rather relieved Keshi,  Ameobi is set to return in time for a very crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier at home to Malawi in September – the game will be the determinant factor in Group F, as Nigeria will hope win in order secure a final play-off spot for next year’s tournament in Brazil.
“I’ve always admired Ameobi’s wealth of experience and I respect his personality – for him to make himself available is fantastic,” said Keshi.
“I would love to have all my strikers available and Ameobi, Emmanuel Emenike, Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe are all fantastic players.
“When we start selecting the squad to face Malawi, to have someone like Ameobi available is excellent for us.
“It is superb to have all these players available for our important games because it will help our quest for a World Cup ticket.”