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New destination agreed for three Newcastle players

7 years ago

Newcastle would clearly have been more than happy with a postponement to the summer for the African Cup of Nations but at the eleventh hour, CAF (Confederation of African Football) have reached agreement with Equatorial Guinea to host the tournament.

Original hosts Morocco had refused to host as per the January 17 to February 8 schedule, citing worries about the spread of the Ebola virus.

A postponement to the summer, one of Morocco’s suggested alternatives, would have suited Newcastle, with three definite possibilities of players they could lose, with the outside chance of a fourth, which would make United the club suffering the most in terms of losing players for up to six weeks in the middle of the season.

Both Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse are sure to figure if Senegal and Ivory Coast qualify, both countries find qualification is in the balance with a double-header for each in this international break.

Whereas, Algeria have already qualified with four wins out of four, with Mehdi Abeid getting his first senior call up and the chance to stake a claim to be in Morocco….or wherever in January/February.

An outside chance is also there for Sammy Ameobi to take part, since he got back into the team there has been calls for him to be included over in Nigeria, with teh palyer already saying he would be happy to commit to the national team his brother represented in Brazil earlier this year.

The tournament may only last 23 days but history tells us that any participating players could be missing for anything up to five or six weeks, due to training camps beforehand and recuperation afterwards.

The new hosts do have some experience after co-hosting the tournament with Gabon as recently as 2012.


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