26 December 2012

Nigeria: No Newcastle Deal On Ameobi, Shittu - Keshi

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The Eagles in training (file photo).

Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has declared that there is no deal with English Premier League side Newcastle United over the release of Shola Ameobi for the Nations Cup, neither is there such an arrangement with English Championship side Millwall on the release of towering defence ace, Daniel Shittu.

Super Eagles spokesman, Ben Alaiya, quotes Keshi as saying; "I never entered into any deal with any manager and will not because the two players in question are international stars and the rules are very clear about when they should be released for international assignments if their country so desires them".

There were wild speculations in the Nigerian media over the two players' release for the championship with the respective managers claiming to have had an agreement with an unnamed Nigerian official over when to release them. Keshi's declaration has now put all speculations to rest with National Team Scribe, Dayo Enebi Achor, declaring that the two club sides were written to on time and the onus is now on them to release the players as and when due.

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