Nigeria in Ameobi muddle

| December 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi’s plans to use Newcastle star Shola Ameobi at the Africa Cup of Nations could be hit by a contract clause.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew does not want to lose Ameobi for the upcoming tournament in South Africa and Keshi has revealed there could be a clause in the striker’s contract preventing him to go.
Keshi remains hopeful of luring him away for when the competition begins on January 19 but knows it could be a struggle.
“Apparently, there is a clause in his contract that he would not dump the team for the Nations Cup,” Keshi said. “I spoke with Shola Ameobi and he said his coach did not speak with him even before going to the press.
“But Shola has said he would speak with the coach after their game against Manchester United and get back to me.”
Keshi admits the uncertain future of Demba Ba at Newcastle means the situation is complicated further, with the Magpies potentially losing two of their first-team stars next month.
“I must confess that with this latest revelation from Shola we are in a tight corner because the club is uncertain of the future of Demba Ba,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has also reacted angrily to Championship side Millwall’s stance on defender Danny Shittu after Lions boss Kenny Jackett intimated recently he expected his player to turn down the chance to play in South Africa in the new year.
“These clubs are not only disrespecting Nigeria but Fifa and [African governing body] Caf as well,” board member Chris Green told BBC Sport.
“The rules are clear on international games approved by Fifa so we consider these comments as not only ridiculous but totally disrespectful.”
Both Ameobi and Shittu were included in an initial Nigeria squad of 32 for the finals which run from January 19 and February 10.

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