Friday, February 4, 2011

Injury Threatens Shola Ameobi's Eagles Debut

Shola Ameobi's 10-year-wait for his Nigeria debut looks likely to stretch a little longer following a suspected fractured cheekbone he suffered while playing for Newcastle United in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat at Fulham.

Ameobi, who has shouldered most of the Magpies' attack due to the injury-enforced absence of the now departed Andy Carroll, collided with Fulham's Steven Sidwell and had to go off with barely 14 minutes played.

Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia had disclosed the Kogi-born forward's decade-old dream during his interactive session with sports editors on Wednesday.

According to the former Dream Team handler, Ameobi personally told him of his anguish during his trip to Europe late last year to meet with national team players. "When I said I wanted him to play for Nigeria and he said he was willing to I then asked him why he had not all this while.

His response was that no one had approached him to do so! So as things stand, he (Ameobi) will be playing for the Eagles this year," explained Siasia.

Ameobi, who has represented England at Under-21 level, was  due to make his first run-out in this month's friendly in Lagos against Sierra Leone. (CHECK WHEN D MATCH).

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