Newcastle United Football Club is one of England’s most successful football clubs. The club was founded in 1892 and is based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Since their founding Newcastle have recruited the services of many foreign football players; however, a few of them were Africans. Nonetheless, these African players who played for Newcastle United had an impact at the club by setting records and winning trophies at the club.
Here are the four African players who played for Newcastle.
1. Shola Ameobi
Shola Ameobi is the first official African player to play for Newcastle. Ameobi was born in Nigeria but raised in England; Ameobi played for the England under-21s before opting to represent Nigeria. He made his debut with the Super Eagles in 2012 and represented them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Ameobi started his youth career at Newcastle and eventually spent 14 years at Newcastle United. He made 397 official appearances, scoring 79 goals, and was part of the team that won the Championship in 2010.
Shola Ameobi holds the record for the second-most appearances as a substitute in the Premier League. Ameobi returned to Newcastle United in 2019 and was appointed as the club’s first ever loan manager.
2. Obafemi Martins
Another African and Nigerian who played for the Magpies was the prolific Obafemi Martins. The speedy Nigerian striker moved to Newcastle from Inter Milan in 2006. He wore the club’s cherished number 9 shirt, vacated after the retirement of the club-record goalscorer Alan Shearer.
During his three-year spell with the Magpies, Martins scored 35 goals in all competitions from 104 games. He also won the UEFA Intertoto Cup with Newcastle in 2006.
3. Cheick Tioté
The Ivorian signed for Newcastle United from Dutch side Twente for a fee of £3.5 million in 2010. The combative defensive midfielder was given the number 24 shirt at the club and was a fan favourite during his time there. In 2017, Tioté left Newcastle to join China League One side Beijing Enterprises Group.
4. Papiss Cissé
Papiss Cissé was one of the best strikers to have played at Tyneside. Cissé moved to Newcastle United from Freiburg in 2012. He played at Newcastle for five years, scoring 37 goals in 117 league appearances. He scored vital goals for Newcastle during their 2012/13 Europa League campaign, where they reached the quarterfinals.
5. Demba Ba
Demba Ba formed a formidable striking partnership with Papiss Cissé at Newcastle. He joined Newcastle from West Ham United in 2011 and was in fine form during his time there. The Senegalese forward scored 29 goals in 54 league appearances for them before leaving for Chelsea in 2013.
6. Christian Atsu
Christian Atsu is the only Ghanaian to play for Newcastle. The skillful winger initially joined Newcastle on loan from Chelsea in 2016, but signed permanently in 2017. He won the EFL Championship with the Magpies in 2017.