Ameobi Heading State Side!

Last updated : 18 January 2011 By Footy Mad - Editor


Nigeria squad coach Samson Siasia says: "He will certainly play, if he stays clear of injury."

Ameobi was born in Zaria, northern Nigeria, before moving to England with his parents at the age of five and was first called-up by Nigeria ten years ago – but he wanted to play for England.

Shola Ameobi: “Although it was a tough decision back then it was obviously the best one for my career.

“I had only just got started for my club, I needed to establish myself at club level and so much travelling would cost me that progressive start I deeply craved.

“It’s the first time since 2001 that I finally met anyone from Nigeria concerning the national team.

“The coach was absolutely brilliant with his plans and ideas from grassroots to the national teams – I didn’t think twice about finally returning home.”

The friendly against Guatemala will be played in the United States on 9 February.