Newcastle boss bars footballer from national duty

Updated: Dec 25, 2012, 13:15 PM IST

London: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists his football club need striker Nigerian Shola Ameobi for the English Premier League and won`t spare him for the January Africa Cup of Nations.

The 31-year-old Ameobi had been named in Nigeria`s provisional squad for the tournament in South Africa starting Jan 19, reports Xinhua.

"Shola won`t be going to that, and the national team manager knows the reasons behind that, which I am going to keep to myself," said Pardew.

Ameobi, who once played for the England Under-21 side, scored the winning goal in Newcastle`s 1-0 win over QPR Saturday.

He made his Nigeria debut in a 3-1 friendly win over Venezuela last month.