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Football | Nigeria

Ameobi scores first of the season



Striker, Shola Ameobi celebrated his call up into the Nigeria’s provisional squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations by scoring the winner for Newcastle United in the club’s 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers in the Barclays English Premier League on Saturday.

The forward, who is third-choice striker at the club behind Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse, came on as a 61st minute substitute for Cisse to telling effect by grabbing the plaudits 10 minutes from time.

The big striker produced a touch of class by curling a fantastic left-foot finish past the QPR goalkeeper, Robert Green into the bottom right after cutting in from the right wing following a superb pass from Italian defender, Davide Santon.

Ameobi has made just 11 appearances for Newcastle in the Premier League this season and Saturday’s goal against QPR was his first of the season.

Ameobi’s exploits would no doubt please the head coach of the Nigerian national team, Stephen Keshi who included the 31-year-old in his provisional squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Ameobi earned his solitary cap for the Super Eagles on in the 3-1 friendly victory over Venezuela on November 15.

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