Great News! Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has been handed a first time Nigeria call-up by coach Stephen Keshi.
The 31-year-old is one of 11 Europe-based players named by the Nigeria coach for a friendly match against Venezuela next week in Miami, Florida.
Wednesday’s match at Marlins Park is one of a number of games meant to prepare the two-time African champions for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa, starting on January 19.
Despite never making a senior appearance for Nigeria, he has had some experience on the international stage. Ameobi had a three-year spell with England’s under-21 team, netting seven goals between 2000 and 2003, and is the joint eighth highest goal scorer for the under-21s. However, in late 2009, Ameobi declared his interest in playing for Nigeria.
ALL THE FOREIGN-BASED PROS:
Goalkeeper: Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Apam Onyekachi (Nice FC, France)
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Raheem Lawal (Adana Demirspor, Turkey)
Forwards: Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England); Obafemi Martins (Levante FC, Spain)