“Shola won’t be going. The national team manager knows the reasons, which I am keeping to myself”.
(The implications of Alan Pardew’s quote were covered in \’Final Confirmation Of Ba\’s Departure?\’ by one of our writers)
No doubt many of us would have seen the next step coming, especially following the fiasco surrounding Papiss Cisse’s non-participation in our Swansea defeat, when Senegal disputed Newcastle’s version of events following the player missing a friendly.
Nigeria are insisting that no agreement has been reached with Newcastle United and that Shola will be expected to turn up for the provisional squad get together in early January.
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Nigerian coach, Stephen Keshi, has said the following in a statement released by the Super Eagles spokesman, Ben Alaiya;
“I never entered into any deal with any manager and will not because the two (Daniel Shittu of Millwall is the other player where there is a dispute) players in question are international stars and the rules are very clear about when they should be released for international assignments if their country so desires them”.
It is therefore claimed that Nigeria are insisting that Newcastle and Millwall were written to on time and that they must release the players as and when due.
We’ll obviously have to wait and see what the next move is but at the minute it appears very likely Shola could be unavailable for over a month, as to what happens with Demba Ba in January then that is similarly up in the air.