Magpies boss Pardew facing prospect of losing star strikers.
Newcastle United could see their aspirations for Champions League football derailed by the loss of key marksmen Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba for the month-long African Cup of Nations, from January 2013, fears boss Alan Pardew.
In Cisse and Ba, the Toon possess two quality strikers, who proved their worth time and again last season, helping the Tynesiders to a 5th place finish in the Premier League.
Hopes are high that this time around Newcastle will be able to push-on and claim fourth spot, which should, though – as was proved by unlucky Tottenham last season – by no means guarantee, Champions League football.
But the likelihood of the club being able to do this if they were to lose their Senegalese strike duo for a crucial month of the campaign would be seriously decreased.
At present Senegal have not qualified for the tournament, which runs from 19 January – 10 February, but they play Ivory Coast in early October in Dakar and a victory then would earn them entry into the 2013 competition, reports Newcastle Chronicle.
Thus, Pardew and Newcastle fans alike will be fully rooting for the Ivorians come October 12 so that their side can retain the services of the deadly-duo for the entire campaign.
Ba has scored 17 goals in 37 appearances for Newcastle, while Cisse bagged 13 goals in his 17 games since January.
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