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Another piece of history for Sammy and Shola Ameobi

5 years ago

Sammy and Shola Ameobi are set to make another little bit of family history.

On Saturday afternoon, Bolton host Cardiff and it is set to be the first time the two brothers have faced each other in a professional match.

The pair of course played together for Newcastle United.

This week brought revelations that Bolton’s financial crisis meant that the players hadn’t been paid, whilst the Cardiff manager revealed the reason why Sammy Ameobi may have not impressed in his loan spell so far.

Russell Slade made public this week that Sammy Ameobi had asthma and that they had now got him onto the proper medication, plus new breathing techniques were also helping him.

Slade suggested this was a major reason as to why the younger Ameobi had only made three Championship starts and why he struggled to see out games.

A bit surprising if this wasn’t diagnosed when he was at Newcastle…

Shola Ameobi talking about the big day for the family:

“It’ll be a proud day for my mum, dad and family, who will be down watching the game at the stadium.

“It was great for the two of us, as brothers, when we played with each other at Newcastle, but this will be the first time we’ve been on opposing teams.

“It’s an opportunity to build on our performance against Brentford. It was unfortunate we couldn’t quite get the win, but the lads had a real go and we’re hoping to go one better on Saturday.

“I think we’ve been unlucky in a couple of the games since I joined and we just haven’t quite been able to get over the line. With everyone fighting hard and working for each other we’re hopeful that a win will set us away.

“The supporters can make a real difference and at times they probably don’t realise that. On Monday night I think that showed. We really used that energy they showed in the second half and it spurred us on.

“It’s important we stick together over this Christmas period. There’s a real chance for us to get a bit of a run together.

“Everyone has welcomed me since I joined. We have a very tight-knit group of players here and that’s exactly what we have to be right now.”


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