Demba Ba has been talking this week about the upcoming Africa Cup Of Nations in January/February;

“It’s going to be difficult, very difficult, because the season is still running and it just feels like you are going and the team is staying. It’s going to be weird because it is going to be my first African Cup as well but I just hope I don’t go there for nothing. For me, for the whole country, for the whole team, we are just excited to be playing in this competition, and we are going to try to come back and make our country proud of us”.

Ba has proved inspirational for United and his conduct both on and off the pitch has been a credit to him.

Having suffered so many mercenaries over the years it is heartening to have players who want to play for the club and appear to understand the relationship between a player and his club/fans. It isn’t difficult but so many players struggle with it; try your best and respect the club and fans you play for. There, it isn’t too difficult is it?

We’ll leave the last word with our super striker who when asked if he will have one eye on events on Tyneside during his absence, Ba replied, “Not one, two!”.