Former Super Eagles and Newcastle united striker Shola Ameobi has offered to help newly promoted English premier league side Newcastle united, in developing new talents in their academy.
Ameobi, who was born at Fenham spent 14 years with the Magpies and his currently on the payroll of Notts County in League Two.
Ameobi who has already completed his Uefa A license said, “Newcastle is home and it’s where I live.
Even if I stay down in Nottingham during the week. I work with Newcastle’s Academy players, the schoolboys; from 12s to 16s. It’s doing sessions and working with the strikers.
“I am doing it when I can. It’s something that
I’m passionate about – I have been all my
career – and it’s helped me, as well.
It lets me see the game from a coach’s perspective. It has really broadened my horizons.
“When I was in the Newcastle youth system, I was inspired by the guys in the first team and that’s what I want to do for these younger players.
“I feel there haven’t been enough players
coming through the academies, certainly at
Newcastle, and if I can improve the players
there by one or two per cent, it’s something I
feel obliged to do” he told Guardian London
Ameobi scored 79 goals in 397 appearances for Newcastle between 2000 and 2014, including famously netting at the Nou Camp against Barcelona.
Ameobi was also part of the Nigeria Super Eagles team that played up to the second round of 2014 world cup under the tutelage of late Stephen Keshi.