icon_corner icon_start_stop icon_start_stop icon_start_stop icon_post icon_miss icon_save icon_card_red icon_save icon_start_stop icon_sub icon_card_yellow attack icon chevron-down icon chevron-left icon chevron-right icon chevron-up icon cross icon defence icon icon_disallowed_goal email icon facebook icon google icon instagram icon linkedin icon messenger icon pinterest icon play icon plus-thin icon plus icon search icon soundcloud icon sub-in icon sub-out icon tweet icon twitter icon icon_user__out icon_user_out vimeo icon whatsapp icon icon_start_stop youtube icon

High Contrast is on. Turn off You can turn high contrast on again via the link in the footer to our accessibilty page

Close
3fabe409-0b87-4ecf-bd7b-d29bb4400f51

Archive

Shola's Volley Good Show For Super Eagles

NUFC Logo Newcastle United FC

Newcastle's Shola Ameobi scored his first senior international goal with a sublime volley as Nigeria drew with Italy on Monday night

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

At the age of 32, Shola Ameobi scored his first senior international goal on Monday night as Nigeria took on Italy at Fulham's Craven Cottage.

The Zaria-born striker had already set up a goal for Bright Dike in his fifth cap for the Super Eagles with a fine cross in the warm-up game.

And five minutes later, he went one better with a deft volley at the near post to put his side 2-1 up before celebrating in his usual effortlessly cool style.

He was substituted after 65 minutes as the match finished 2-2 but, with Nigeria having booked their place in next summer's World Cup, Ameobi will hope that his display has edged him closer to a seat on the plane for Brazil.

On Tuesday night, his Newcastle team-mates Mathieu Debuchy, Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy and Moussa Sissoko will be trying to salvage their own World Cup campaign.

France take on Ukraine in Paris, but trail 2-0 from the first leg.