Keshi Clears Ameobi For Ethiopia Tie

BALL CHASE…Nigeria’s Shola Ameobi (L) vie with Malawi’s James Sangala during the FIFA World Cup qualifying match at the U J Esuene Stadium,Calabar, Cross River State on 7 September, 2013.  AFP PHOTO

Shola Ameobi chasing the ball with Malawi's James Sangala

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has disclosed that injured Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi will be fit for a 2014 World Cup playoff in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia host the Super Eagles on October 13 in a first leg playoff for a place at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Ameobi has been sidelined by a knock he picked up while on international duty last month with his club saying he will be sidelined for several weeks thus raising fears he may miss the match in Addis Ababa.

But Keshi told that the experienced striker will be available for the qualifier.

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“Shola is fine. He will be ready for the game against Ethiopia. I spoke with him last week and he said he is good. In any case he is a disciplined player who really wants to play for his country,” Keshi said.

“So, my list remains intact, there would be no changes what so ever.”

Ameobi has won four caps for Nigeria and scored a goal since he made his long-awaited international debut against Venezuela last year in the United States of America.

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