While some may have deemed Nigeria magnanimous in handing Newcastle United striker, Shola Ameobi, a chance to don the Super Eagles jersey in the ‘twilight’ of his career, his club coach Alan Pardew, has said that the country was actually ‘lucky’ to have the 31-year old in their ranks.
Ameobi showed what he could bring to the table during Monday’s thrilling 2-2 draw against four-time world champions, Italy, in a high profile friendly in London.
According to Pardew, the Kogi State-born forward is a fantastic player capable of surprising the world at Brazil 2014.
“I don’t think he will go to another World Cup and it is fantastic for him and Nigeria are lucky to have him,” Pardew told the Daily Mail. “He is a top top player. He is in form and could be a surprise package in the World Cup, who will do well on that stage. Shola has been fantastic for this football club in more ways than one.”
Ameobi has been praised for his commitment and leadership attributes, even by the Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi.
“I don’t know about an ambassadorial role for him. He could be Prime Minister with his personality,’ Pardew said.
Besides Ameobi, as many as 11 Newcastle players have the chance of playing at next year’s World Cup.
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