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shola-ameobi_2028488i   LIVERPOOL 2-1 NEWCASTLE Shola Ameobi capped his call-up to the Nigerian national team for 2010 World Cup with a red card against Liverpool at Anfield on the penultimate day for the season. The striker, who scored his second goal in many games, was shown a red card in the 67th minute. Newcastle’s misery on the day was compounded after they were reduced to 9-men following Paul Dummett’s dismissal. Victor Moses, who is on loan at Liverpool from Chelsea, was not among the Liverpool party and may have played his final game for the club. HULL CITY 0-2 EVERTON Sonie Aluko started the final game of the season for Hull City against high flying Everton. The Nigerian striker missed out on Stephen Keshi’s 30-man provisional list for the football mundial in Brazil this summer. He was replaced in the 73rd minute by Czech midfielder, Robert Koren. CARDIFF CITY 1-2 CHELSEA John Mikel Obi was given a rare start by Jose Mourinho in South Wales on Sunday, however he was taken off in the 67th minute for German winger, Andre Schurrle. Mikel has been on the fringes of the side since Nemanja Matic’s return to the club from Benfica in January. Reports coming out of England suggest Mikel may have had his final game in a Chelsea shirt. He will spearhead Eagles’ midfield in Brazil. NORWICH 0-2 ARSENAL Joseph Yobo remains on the sidelines and missed Norwich’s “last chance of survival” game over the weekend. The loss sees Norwich return back to the Championship. It remains to be seen if Yobo will stay with the club or return to his parent club, Fenerbahce of Turkey. The erstwhile Super Eagles captain was named in the 30-man list for the World Cup despite not having kicked a ball in two months. WEST BROM 1-2 STOKE CITY Peter Osaze Odewingie helped Stoke City secure their highest league position in Premier League era. The Potters finished 9th on 50 points, their highest points tally in the Premier League. Osaze, who has been penciled down for a remarkable return to the Super Eagles fold for the World Cup, was substituted in the 77th minute by Peter Crouch. West Brom and Nigerian striker, Victor Anichebe was thron into the fray in the 77th minute for Morgan Amalfitano. Norwich City’s defeat against Arsenal spared West Brom’s blushes as the Baggies secure their premier league status.

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This article was first published on 12th May 2014


Arinze Ude is a PhD Student at the University of the West of England Bristol, UK, where he's exploring on the mechanisms of donor cell leukaemia. He shares his deep thoughts on his blog and the Naked Convos. He is keen to promote personal development of the Nigerian youth via thought-provoking articles.

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