Tiote eyes silverware as Ivory Coast reach ACoN final

Tiote on verge of silverware
Cheik Tiote and his Ivory Coast team have reached the final of the African Cup of Nations, and for that I’d love to congratulate him!

Ivory Coast beat Mali 1-0 yesterday to reach the final, which will be played against Zambia on Sunday. Tiote played 90 minutes after being rested for the last two games and picked up his customary booking in the 83rd minute.

I now hope they go to win the competition leaving Tiote high on confidence for when he returns to Tyneside. Obviously I’d have preferred it if Ivory Coast bombed out of the competition early doors so we had him back sooner, but it wasn’t to be and he will go the distance with his international team.

Of course his absence has been partially covered by the emergence of Danny Guthrie and James Perch, who have both played well in his absence and have proved to be more than able squad players for Newcastle United.

I can’t help feel that the African Cup of Nations has been kind to us. Realistically both Senegal and Ivory Coast were tipped to do well, but with Senegal being eliminated in the group stages we already have our strikers back at the club. Imagine what it would have been like had it been a Senegal v Ivory Coast final!



Just going back to a point I raised earlier, about Tiote being rested for the last two games. This is good news for us. It means he’s not been put through the mill as much and will have had some time to recharge his batteries. He’ll have even more time on his return as the Premier League halts for another international break straight after the Tottenham game which will mean that we can get Tiote settled back into life at Newcastle United.

Perhaps we’ll be welcoming back a trophy winner next week?

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73 thoughts on “Tiote eyes silverware as Ivory Coast reach ACoN final

  1. Really happy for our midfield destroyer. I read somewhere that Ivory Coast haven’t even conceeded a goal yet. I like to thin that’s because of our midfield destroyer protecting their defense.

    Best of luck to the Elephants, it can’t do Cheick any harm if he comes back to the toon having earned some silverwear. 😈 :mrgreen: 😎

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  2. On topic though – I think Ivory Coast will win it and defo think Tiote will be playing in the final. Although I have got a soft spot for Zambia during ACON, I wish Tiote the best of luck.

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  3. ‘Imagine what it would have been like had it been a Senegal v Ivory Coast final!’

    Yeah, bits of both Dembas would have been on Tiote’s studs, and their appearance in the NUFC side would have been considerably delayed as a consequence. Gotta love him….

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  4. πŸ˜† @Tommy@4

    He should come back in peak condition as well. After the summer and coming back through injury Cheick normally takes a couple of games to get back into his stride (especially passing wise) we all know he has a hard tackle and a brilliant pass in him so lets hope he’s on song as soon as he comes back.

    Cheick Tiote isn’t hard. Hard is Cheick Tiote. 😎

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  5. Good luck Cheick!! What time is KO?

    I just hope they’ve packed enough tranquilisers to get him on the plane back to the Toon! πŸ˜†

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  6. I love it when people (who apparently know zip all about footy) come out with crackers like this:

    Indian Magpie // Feb 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    “NUFC players have made pardew look better than he is, he may be good but he is not as good as he is made out 2 b”

    How good is he made out to be?? (sorry… “2 b” y’getme? true.)

    My physics lessons were in class 2b πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  7. Seriously though, really hope he picks up a winners medal.

    On a slighty different note – but linked

    Kalou is on a free at the end of the season 😯
    Anyone reckon he could do a job for the toon?
    I suppose he’s leaving Chelski for regular first team footy like and don’t suppose we could offer that, but he’s looked a better player than Drogba during the tournament

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  8. Sharpy – The problem with any player like that is the wages. Kalou could easily get a first team slot with us, but we couldn’t afford to pay him anywhere near what he gets at Chelsea, so he either accepts a paycut, or heads to China like Anelka or PSG like Alex…

    It’s the same reason why people don’t but players from Manchester City, like Wayne Bridge or Adebayor. They can’t afford or justify the whacking huge wage they are on so loan deals have to make do.

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  9. Good thing too is that Tiote hasn’t been over played.

    He was rested for the last group game and the quarter final. So.he has only.played three games since he’s been away.

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  10. Sweet lord!

    Is that how much Kalou is on at Chelski?! Thought he’d be on about 35-40k a week – not that much!! … Nee wonder they want shot of him, there’s us discussing Shola as our 4th choice striker and Kalou who’s Chelskis 4th choice is picking up that kinda money 😯 😯 😯

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  11. Unfortunately it’s the hidden cost of billionaire owners. There are footballers out there being priced out of being a success at poorer clubs because of the current wages they are on.

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  12. Whilst we are well wishing, here’s hoping David Ginola a speedy recovery – 5 broken ribs and a broken collar bone has got to hurt a bit … I’ve never understood skiing me like?!

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  13. Sharpy @ 17 – I agree. I went snowboarding once in France for a mates Stag weekend…never again. It fucking hurts when you fall like, like falling on concrete.

    Another one of my mates just come back from Val de Ser or however you spell the fucker. First time away, thought he was a clever twat and tried one of the trick parks they have…went over a jump and broke his fall with his shoulder, went to hospital to find it was dislocated. What makes it worse is he is a self employed upolsterer!

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  14. Nope never got anything like Skiing or Ice skating or anything like that. Not a massive fan of balancing on slippery surfaces, even less so when the one thing that breaks your fall is a snapped bone!

    Went Ice skating once. Spent more time on my arse than anything else. Never again πŸ‘Ώ

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  15. Toonsy- There’s an article in drafts for you πŸ˜€

    I would love for Tiote to win the African Cup of Nations and totally agree that it would give him a lot of confidence before coming back to us.

    I can’t wait until I come up for the game against Wolves, will be great to see Cabaye, Ba and Cisse!

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  16. Franky – you don’t have to tell mate, when it was icy last week our lass sent me over the shop for milk. It was treacherous mate and I really had to keep my wits about me not to fall. Fortunately I didn’t and return heroic with milk for the boys cocopops but I woken the next morning with the tightest arse cheeks you could imagine thanks to that stupid walk you do on ice to ensure you don’t go arse over

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  17. Haha – you soft shite’s! Ya cannit grow up in the North East and be scared of a bit of snow and ice!

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  18. Zoe – come up?! where are you based like?

    Like the old man I am I just assumed that we were all based in and around the Newcastle

    I’m almost embarrassed to admit that it has just dawned on me that I could be talking to you people anyway in the world. 😯 😳

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  19. TC – Not scared of it. Not one bit. remember I’m out in all weathers driving and have never got stuck.Its always clueless tossers in front of me that manage that πŸ‘Ώ

    Just don’t like Ice Skating or anything where I spend a lot of time falling over πŸ˜†

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  20. Lee Ryder saying vuckic may be close to
    Going to Cardiff on loan. Happy with that. Especially given that tiote and cabaye will be available after spuds. Hope he has a good time and it does him good

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  21. Sharpy – People get on here from everywhere. JJ is in South Africa for example. He’s the one person who has a computer πŸ˜€

    I was born in Hexham, lived in Crawcrook, then moved to Portsmouth and now live in the Midlands.

    Big Dave is from Northern Ireland. Wolfie is from Mars and we have quite a few Americans on here not to mention many others from various parts of the globe. I did a check a few months back and we’d been visited by people from 156 countries 😯

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  22. Mark – Hope not. Forster is shite. Celtic can have him!

    Edit – And that is one Hexham lad talking about another, and you know what we’re like for sticking by our own πŸ˜†

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  23. Zoe, just went over to st James for the villa game. Had been almost a year 😯 πŸ˜₯ Chuffed I it to see cisses debut and what a goal to cap it off πŸ‘Ώ have fun. Hope you get just as memorable a game

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  24. Nobby @ 35 – Really? ❓ She’s does absolutley nowt for me like, even worse in that officials outfit πŸ‘Ώ

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  25. just a quick question 4 yous?? am i wrong to like pardew?? my family all hate him calling him a ‘yes man’ but ive always said as long as the team is playn well thats all i care about ! has pardew dine much wrong?? hes got us up to 5th in the league but my sis says thats becos we have good players?? i totally disagree with her! am i wrong? i think pardews done a brilliant job at the toon and hes not a bad person!!

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  26. ” Sharpy – People get on here from everywhere. JJ is in South Africa for example. He’s the one person who has a computer”

    That’s right Sharpy, mines powered by a hamster.

    Unfortunately my first hamster died… Which is why I was offline for a while… He fell alseep at the wheel… πŸ˜₯

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  27. i dont disagree we gave gud players , i disagree that the team is only doin well with the players and pardew hasnt helped anything!

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  28. Army – Your family are wrong mate haha. How can it only be about the players? So are they saying that we could have done without a manager and just let the players do what they wanted and still be 5th? πŸ˜†

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  29. Hope Tiote wins a medal and comes back brimming with confidence!
    Hope Sloppy chops leaves Spuds for England and Spuds go tumbling down the table… 😈

    On another note, I have now left Shanghai so I guess no longer Shanghaitoon! Just moved to Cologne in Germany on a new assignment! It is F**#ing Freezing here!! 😯

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  30. Army

    I can give you the reasons why I like Pardew so that’s maybe something you can tell them.

    – What evidence do they have that he’s a ‘yes’ man? Ask them for some. Everybody who has a boss is a ‘yes man’ otherwise they’d be sacked pretty sharpesh!

    – It’s the players who have got us to 5th not Pardew? Well who got those Players in? Marveux, Obertan, Cabaye, Abeid, Ba and Cisse. All super signings and thats a big chunk of our squad. Also players like Guthrie, Krul, Simpson, Raylor, Saylor, Colo and Best are currently playing the best football of their lives down to pardew’s man-management. They didn’t just suddenly wake up one day a go ‘I think i’ll play better than i did before’

    Does your family honestly believe that we’re 5th by the players sitting round in the dressing room before a game and saying ‘bollocks to what pardew says – he knows nothing, let’s play like we know best’

    What a load of bollocks.

    IMHO they’re talking out their arse πŸ˜† (joke)

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  31. Toonsy – loving the fact that Wolfie is from Mars πŸ˜†
    Some of Rodz postings last night would have suggested that he wasn’t of this planet at the time either :mrgreen:
    I feel a bit of a tool now like, but mighterly impressed at how far afield we’re spread.

    JJ – you’re not missing out, snow is White and cold and occasionally yellow πŸ™„

    Army69 – no your not wrong at all. I don’t even think he’s a yes man to be honest, he just accepts that his role has restrictions and is comfortable and capable or still doing a good job within them. Whatever relationship he has with the board has no impact on his ability as a manager, and I think hes far more ruthless than people think, but also a very good people person. Both Cabaye and Cisse said after speaking to Pardew they were only interested in signing for Newcastle. I will take a guess that your family are either Keegan daft or Ashley haters?!
    If Pardew was a yes man, the players would pick up on that and he wouldn’t get the respect that he gets from them.
    Don’t worry Army … Your not on ya own πŸ˜‰

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  32. Howay Toonsy & Efranky – if you were single and at the risk of ‘doing a keys and gray’ you would smash it wouldn’t you? You’d hang out the back of it wouldn’t you? πŸ˜†

    Love a bit of sexist banter πŸ˜†

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  33. why is everyone saying its good tiote will get more confidence? he already has enough in my opinion, he is scared of no1 and has the confidence to keep the ball with 3 or 4 players around him. anymore confidence could lead him 2 more disposession as he is already the 2nd highest player who does that in the PL. He needs to play more simple passes and not hold on to it as much when unnecessarcy.

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  34. Mark@27- You took the words outta my mouth there. Strange isn’t it .does make you wonder if he thinks Krull might be away in the summer.
    I actually like watching figure skating and used to go myself 3 nights a week when in my teens .Keeps you super fit & toned ,you do fall a lot first couple of times but you soon pick it up. Mind you Robin cousins and torvil & Dean was really popular when iwas a teenager so might have had something to do with it ,Robin used to train at our rink.

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  35. Ha Ha.. Just been reading about Darren Ambrose, forgot about him. Another hot prospect turned to rat-shit. πŸ˜†

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  36. @KimToon

    it does make u wonder. not so long ago forster was saying he wanted to sign for Celtic, now after words with Pards he wants to be No1 and will wait until the summer.. 😯

    I’m not going to worry about it tho, hopefully he’ll stay or we’ll replace him with a keeper just as good, just not Forster πŸ˜€

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  37. Nobby – you wouldn’t chance to hang out the back of it … she’d flag you offside long before you got close πŸ˜†

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  38. Nobby – fear not mate, you’re not on ya own, there’s nowt a matter with Sian and anyone who says they wouldn’t clearly hasn’t had as much to drink as me and yet πŸ˜•

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  39. Toonarmyelite@68 – Yes i would imagine MA is aiming for a european spot ,hence his investment in Cisse .yet can’t help thinking he is takeing a huge gamble not bringing in a defender on loan even, as could derail all our good work if we are beset with defensive injuries.

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  40. KIMTOON
    do hear what ya saying,but its no good crying over spilled milk,all our eggs are in the basket now,just hope we have enough gas in the tank to get to were we all want us to be. πŸ˜†

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