Newcastle are keen on preventing Ameobi from playing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria have warned Newcastle United that they will report them to FIFA if they prevent striker Shola Ameobi from playing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The former England under-21 international had been named by coach Stephen Keshi in his provisional squad for the tournament in South Africa.
Newcastle coach Alan Pardew has ruled out the 31-year-old’s appearance at the tournament, which kicks off on 19 January saying Nigeria are aware.
But the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) debunked the claim by Newcastle boss insisting they will do whatever they can to get the player released for the tournament.
“We are not aware of such a thing about Shola (Ameobi). He is a FIFA-listed player for us. The federation is not aware, the head coach is not aware of this and that was why Shola was called up for the competition,” said NFF’s spokesman, Ademola Olajire.
“We will do all within our power to see that...